This is a portrait of an apparently ordinary family and explores what is known, unknown and unknowable between close relatives. Set in Canada, in French colonial Algeria at the time of the struggle for independence, in Paris of the 1960s and in Argentina, this novel reflects recent history.
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Set in Canada, in French colonial Algeria, in Paris of the sixties and in Argentina during the time of the ‘disappeared’, 'News from a Foreign Country Came' is many books in one. It is a portrait of an apparently ordinary family, delicately exploring what is known, unknown and unknowable between close relatives; it is a book about innocence, that of the child and that of the adult; it is an evisceration of patriotism and its all-too frequent corruption into the naked exercise of power.
‘'News from a Foreign Country Came' is written with water-colours of melting poetry, but it’s the substance that lingers after the style has echoed away. In his depiction of history collapsing into a tangle of guilt, Alberto Manguel has created a grim parable of considerable power. This impressive first novel suggests that Manguel has both the intellect and the voice to speak to his readers on the highest levels of fiction.’
‘There is a quality, a subtlety that is not uncommon in music, when the unspeakable, even the unbearable, is realised and listening becomes a compulsion. There are a few books that have this quality – unbearably sad yet compelling. 'News from a Foreign Country Came' is one of these rare, and beautiful, books. A luminous, harrowing novel.’
‘While comparisons with Conrad and Calvino must be made, Alberto Manguel’s own strikingly original voice… shocks and impresses with its civilised barbarity.’
‘A truly remarkable first novel.’
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Book Description Flamingo, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. News from Foreign Country Came (Flamingo) This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Bookseller Inventory # 7719-9780006544418
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Book Description Flamingo, London, 1992. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. reprint. apart from slight aged toning of the page edges there is no damage to describe. Set in Canada, in French colonial Algeria at the time of the ferocious struggle for independence, in Paris in the 60s, and in Argentina during the time of the "disappeared", this book is many books in one. It is a portrait of an apparently ordinary family, delicately exploring what is known, unknown and unknowable between close relatives; it is a book about innocence, that of a child and that of an adult; it is an evisceration of patriotism and it's all too frequent corruption into the naked exercise of power. First softcover edition. Size: 12mo (standard paperback). 234 pages. Marking pen stripe on bottom edge. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Literature & Literary; ISBN: 000654441X. ISBN/EAN: 9780006544418. Inventory No: 0247079. Post will be reduced to $7.80 for posting inside Australia, at the time of processing the order. Bookseller Inventory # 0247079
Book Description Flamingo, London, 1992. Softcover. Book Condition: Good Some creasing covers. Moderate reading wear. Very clean interior. Bookseller Inventory # 007105
Book Description London, UK: Flamingo / HarperCollins Harper Collins, 1992. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. VG/na. Light edge wear, light edge creasing, light rubbing, and black stripe to bottom of page block. First UK Edition thus. Pictorial Wraps. This book is from the extensive Gatenby Collection amassed over 30 years . Gatenby was the founding artistic director of the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, a hugely successful annual event that helped "Time Magazine" declare that Gatenby had made Toronto one of the literary capitals of the world. He also directed the readings at Harbourfront in Toronto, and is the author of "Literary Guide to Toronto," among other books. Gatenby signature and date on ffep. SIGNED by Manguel & warmly INSCRIBED to Gatenby: "from one foreign country dweller to another". Dated "Harbourfront 1 Nov 96". A unique Association Copy. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 019856
Book Description Flamingo / HarperCollins, Great Britain, 1992. Softcover. Book Condition: Good. A bold and disturbing assertion of the human origins of evil, this brilliant novel illuminates the dark heart of a seemingly decent man who has secretly served some of the most repressive and brutal political regimes. 235 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; Fiction; ISBN: 000654441X. ISBN/EAN: 9780006544418. Inventory No: 226384. Bookseller Inventory # 226384
Book Description FLAMINGO. Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. Good: Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Bookseller Inventory # 2601097306