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Land of Marvels

A Novel

by Barry Unsworth

Land of Marvels
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2009, 304 pages
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    Jan 2010, 304 pages

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Historical fiction at its finest, Land of Marvels opens a window on the past and reveals its lasting impact

Unsworth has a narrative style that sneaks up on you. Understated, subtle but not slow moving, each sentence entices, lures, teases, dares you to read the next until you are immersed in a place, a time, a convergence of personalities that you can't get out of your head. And that's okay, because Land of Marvels proves you can trust this Booker Prize winning author. The characters are true to themselves. The place is familiar yet exotic and more than a little scary. And the times, well, the more they seem different and foreign the more the feel all too uncomfortably familiar.

British archeologist John Somerville is supervising a dig at a site called Tel Erdik located in the desert somewhere near the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in the spring of 1914. Since he has invested all that is left of his money into this effort he is hoping beyond hope to ...

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Barry UnsworthBarry Unsworth (b. 1930) won the Booker Prize for Sacred Hunger (1992); his next novel, Morality Play, was a Booker nominee and a bestseller in both the United States and Great Britain. His other novels include The Ruby in Her Navel, The Songs of the Kings, Losing Nelson, After Hannibal, The Hide, and Pascali's Island, which was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize and was made into a feature film.

He was born in Wingate, a mining village in Durham, England. After graduating from the University of Manchester in 1951, he lived in France for a year teaching English. In the 1960s he traveled extensively in Greece and Turkey, lecturing at the University of Athens and the University of Istanbul. In 1999 he was a visiting professor at the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. In 2004 he taught literature and creative writing classes at Kenyon College in Ohio....

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