Hes Chris: bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. In his forties, hes a stranger inside the youth culture of London in the late 1970s, a stranger to himself on the night he invites a hooker into his car.
Shes Roza: Yugoslavian, recently moved to London, the daughter of one of Titos partisans. Shes in her twenties but has already lived a life filled with danger, misadventure, romance, and tragedy. And although shes not a hooker, when shes propositioned by Chris, she gets into his car anyway.
Over the next months Roza tells Chris the stories of her past. Shes a fast-talking, wily Scheherazade, saving her own life by telling it to Chris. And he takes in her tales as if they were oxygen in an otherwise airless world. But is Roza telling the truth? Does Chris hear the stories through the filter of his own need? Does it even matter?
This deeply moving novel of their unlikely lovenarrated both in the moment and in recollection, each of their voices deftly realizedis also a brilliantly subtle commentary on storytelling: its seductions and powers, and its ultimately unavoidable dangers.
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"[A]n oddball love story of two spiritually displaced would-be lovers .... The conclusion is crushing, and Chris's scorching regret burns brightly to the last line." - Publishers Weekly.
"A malodorous turkey. Corelli's Mandolin it ain't." - Kirkus Reviews.
"Although more introspective than de Bernières's other works, this latest novel is no less skillful. For all literary fiction collections." - Library Journal.
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Louis de Bernières is a British novelist. He is most famous for his fourth novel, Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
In 1993 de Bernières was selected as one of the "20 Best of Young British Novelists", part of a promotion in Granta magazine. Captain Corelli's Mandolin was published in the following year, winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book. It was also shortlisted for the 1994Sunday Express Book of the Year.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts by the De Montfort University inLeicester in 2008, which he had attended when it was Leicester Polytechnic. His other notable books include Red Dog (2001), Birds Without Wings (2004), A Partisan's Daughter (2008), Notwithstanding: stories from an English Village (2009). As well as writing, he plays the flute, ...
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