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Titre : Book of strange new things
Éditeur : Hogarth
Date d'édition : 2014
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Near Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Near Fine
Signé : Signed by Author(s)
Edition : 1st Edition
Bright, tight edition clearly signed by Michel on a tipped-in page. "Signed Copy" sticker on front panel of DJ, which is crisp & clean. Boards firmly bound; a bump to lower corners; unmarked pages throughout. N° de réf. du libraire WS13636
Synopsis : A monumental, genre-defying novel that David Mitchell calls "Michel Faber?s second masterpiece," The Book of Strange New Things is a masterwork from a writer in full command of his many talents.
It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter?s teachings?his Bible is their ?book of strange new things.? But Peter is rattled when Bea?s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling. Bea?s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.
Suddenly, a separation measured by an otherworldly distance, and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse, is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable. While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival. Their trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and our responsibility to those closest to us.
Marked by the same bravura storytelling and precise language that made The Crimson Petal and the White such an international success, The Book of Strange New Things is extraordinary, mesmerizing, and replete with emotional complexity and genuine pathos.
"Michel Faber's second masterpiece, quite different to The Crimson Petal and The White but every bit as luminescent and memorable. It is a portrait of a living, breathing relationship, frayed by distance. It is an enquiry into the mountains faith can move and the mountains faith can't move. It is maniacally gripping" (DAVID MITCHELL)
"As gripping as any thriller . . . A work of originality and insight" (Andrew Billen The Times)
"There are some novels that come along, when writing a review seems superfluous and all one wants to do is to grab someone by the shoulders and say: "Look, just read the damn thing!". This is one of them . . . In this thoughtful, deeply moving page-turner, Faber excels himself" ( Scotsman)
" Magnificently bold and addictive . . . a book quite unlike any other I've read" (Edmund Gordon Sunday Times)
"I can't remember being so continually and unfailingly surprised by any book for a long time. I found it completely compelling and believable, and admired it enormously" (PHILIP PULLMAN)
Highly imaginative, unusual and thought-provoking
" (Katherine Whitbourn Daily Mail)
Faber examines the ways in which physical distance can irreparably alter even our closest relationships
His astute observations make this novel a worthwhile read" ( Totally Dublin)
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