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The Devil's Chimney

Landsman, Anne

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ISBN 10: 1569471010 / ISBN 13: 9781569471012
Edité par Soho, 1997
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First Edition (first printing). The first novel by this Manhattan author, the story of a disappeance in the vast Cango Caves of South Africa. With publisher's promotional letter laid in. Fine/Fine. Signed by Landsman on the half-title page. N° de réf. du libraire 508

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Titre : The Devil's Chimney

Éditeur : Soho

Date d'édition : 1997

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Fine

Signé : Signed by Author

Edition : 1st Edition.

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Synopsis :

In Oudtshoorn, South Africa, Connie Lambrecht is haunted by two ancient mysteries the disappearance of a native servant girl and the misfortunes of an upper-class Englishwoman. In recounting the stories of these two women, Connie finally discovers the deepest secret of her own life. An unforgettable tale of the fragile relationship between the races in South Africa.

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In Anne Landsman's complex debut novel , The Devil's Chimney, middle-aged Connie Lambrecht lives a life of quiet desperation in a rural South African outpost called Oudtshoorn, where she runs a dog kennel, quietly suffers the abuse of her weak-willed husband Jack, and drinks to excess. Faced with such unremitting misery, it's no wonder that Connie becomes obsessed with two stories from the past: first, the disappearance of a colored servant girl in the Cango Caves, and second, an upper-class Englishwoman's doomed attempt to run an ostrich farm nearby. As Connie attempts to reconstruct these narratives, they intertwine with her own in an increasingly feverish--and sometimes confusing--way. Landsman writes with dreamlike intensity, and her novel is strongly influenced by magical realism. Yet The Devil's Chimney is also a meditation on the very real dichotomies of race and gender in South Africa--as well as the tension between passion and terror.

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