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Titre : Air & Fire
Éditeur : Bloomsbury
Date d'édition : 1993
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Fine
Signé : Signed by Author
Edition : 1st Edition.
First British (and true first) Edition (first printing). The third novel by the author of DREAMS OF LEAVING and DIVIDED KINGDOM, a love story set in a remote Mexican copper-mining town. Fine/Fine. Signed by Thomson on the title page. N° de réf. du libraire 72279
Synopsis : As the 19th-century draws to a close, Theophile Valence and his wife Suzanne sail into the harbour of Santa Sofia, a remote Mexican mining town. Neither of them is prepared, however, for the effect that her beauty and clairvoyance has upon the town and its inhabitants.
Quatrième de couverture: "Wonderful...utterly engaging, full of adventure and excess, and 130 degrees in the shade."
-- Washington Post Book World
In the 1890s, "Lower California" is a land adrift, peopled by Indians and half-breeds, and now by the French as well. The Indians are indifferent to Western notions of time and industry The French, on the other hand, are sufficiently meticulous to import 2,348 pieces of cast iron to the desolate mining town of Santa Sofia, there to be assembled into a church under the supervision of a disciple of the renowned Gustave Eiffel.
This wildly impractical venture is the starting premise for this new novel by the author of The Five Gates of Hell, a writer the Washington Post has called "a virtuoso of the hallucinatory." As Theophile Valence attempts to re-create Paris in an outpost of hell -- and his wife, Suzanne, arouses the doomed passions of an American prospector anti a Mexican army officer -- Air & Fire fuses adventure and romance into a magnificent tale of conflicting passions and cultures.
"Absorbing.... More than anything else, it is the prose in which Thomson evokes [his character's] mental life that, with the concentration of a magnifying glass, kindles this novel's fire." -- The New Yorker
"In the tradition of Heart of Darkness, this is a very well-researched novel, with lovely descriptions of flora and fauna, of lava fields and basalt plains, of bats winging about at dusk. Thomson vividly evokes the atmosphere of colonial society." -- New York Newsday
"The brilliance of Air & Fire comes from the intelligence and insight with which Thomson constructs his story." -- Christian Science Monitor
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