From rural Holland in World War II to the Soviet labour camps by way of a curious jazz band in Minsk and Moscow, Moths tells the parallel stories of a father and son who live through interesting times.
A self-indulgent Dutch businessman finds himself caught up in the liberation of Auschwitz by the Russian army, and playing piano for an unusual band at a time when jazz is a risky business in Stalinist Russia... Meanwhile, the boy, who has barely known his father, is brought up by his doting, childless aunt in the flat farmlands of east Holland. One day he comes upon an old moated castle full of moths, and meets the curious young girl who breeds and keeps the creatures captive there.
As the fifties come to an end, their parallel tracks converge in a powerful dénoument. Vivid, magical, heartbreaking and with astonishing range and layers of meaning, Moths is a gripping and beautiful literary debut.
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"There's a strong European feel to this pleasing debut novel ... it approaches history as a shifting set of echoes and overlapping narratives; the rhythmic pulse of his writing often reflects that of jazz" (Claire Alfree Metro)
"[An] ambitious, masterful story... Imaginative and extremely moving" (Kate Saunders Times)
"This debut novel boasts considerable logodaedalic verve... Manders does a skilful and elegant job of describing conditions in the gulag... Beautifully written and readable" (Tibor Fischer Independent)
"A beguiling fable-like novel... Cornelius's wartime adventure is depicted with cinematic gusto... Manders's flamboyant, omnipresent narrative voice adds a mystical element reminiscent of the early Powell and Pressburger classics... Moths displays humanity in all its shimmering beauty and base depravity" (Christian House Independent on Sunday)
"A scintillating novel...The novel is constructed from two beautifully intertwined stories... this writing, with extraordinary visual power, is a pleasure to read... The novel is full of richly imagined detail" (Micha Lazarus TLS)
A dazzling, potent, beautiful novel about moths, running, jazz, the Siberian Gulag, and seizing the moment, reminiscent in its unexpected combination of dark European sensibility and compelling readability of The Reader or Rachel Seiffert's The Dark Room.
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Book Description Vintage Books 2008-04-15, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 009950703X New Condition. Ships immediately. Bookseller Inventory # Z009950703XZN
Book Description Vintage Books, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX009950703X
Book Description Vintage Books, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 009950703X