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- DescriptionSet in Gorbachev's Russia, The Anymous Novel is a complex and compelling story of many varied characters dealing with the problems of change, coming to terms with the past and fretting about the future. Barbero manages that typically Italian trick of combining both humour and profundity, and his exceptional storytelling skill are even more clearly displayed than in this, his finest vel. The murder of Pashayev, a leading Muslim cleric in Azerbaijan, triggers a series of events. This is t a murder mystery, as the reader kws who the culprit is from the very beginning, whilst the other characters, including the investigating judge, never do, but there is nevertheless a tension - suspense even - that holds the reader, who is in any case fascinated but the breadth of the intellectual argument, the wit and the observation of human nature. Vitali Vitaliev has described this book as a literary miracle - unique, witty and gripping. It reads like Bulgakov's prose somewhat modernised or even a careful and sensitive translation of one of the great Russian classics. It is stunningly authentic, and I cant believe that the author and translator are NOT Russian...A book to savour and consume slowly. ..
- Author BiographyBorn in Turin in 1959, Alessandro Barbero is the author of four novels, and his Bella vita e guerre altrui di Mr. Pyle, gentiluomo (Milan: Mondadori, 1995) won the Premio Strega (roughly the Italian equivalent of the Booker) in 1996. The Anonymous Novel is the first of his fictional works to be translated into English, although they have long been translated into other languages. He also teaches medieval history and military history at the University of Eastern Piedmont in Vercelli. He has published many historical works, which are distinguished by his clear prose and faultless organisation of the principal arguments. Of note are Charlemagne. Father of a Continent (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004) and The Day of the Barbarians (London: Atlantic Books, 2007).
- Author(s)Alessandro Barbero
- PublisherVagabond Voices
- Date of Publication01/03/2010
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleChangeling
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 1
- Place of PublicationIsle of Lewis
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintVagabond Voices
- Weight650 g
- Width135 mm
- Height208 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Translated byAllan Cameron
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