A Song from Faraway

A Novel
 
 
Milkweed Editions (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 12. Mai 2020
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  • 216 Seiten
 
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978-1-57131-721-6 (ISBN)
 

With his first book, the Commonwealth Prize-winning Vandal Love, Deni Ellis Béchard "reinvented the generational novel with innovative brilliance" (Robert Olen Butler). In his second novel, Into the Sun, he offered "a ferociously intelligent and intensely gripping portrait of the expatriate community in Kabul" (Phil Klay). Most recently, Foreword Reviews described his third novel, White, as "captivating, careening, thrilling, and magical." In this, his fourth work of fiction, Béchard takes readers from nineteenth-century Prince Edward Island to modern-day Iraq, tracing the story of a North American family that is at once singular and emblematic, and exploring the cultural repercussions of war and violence.

Reinventing themselves in often unexpected ways, the characters in this tapestry defy simplification. A pair of half-brothers come together and drift apart, one passive and risk-averse, the other driven by a passionate desire to understand their reclusive father. A student of Mesopotamian archaeology encounters a young Iraqi man and soon finds himself in Kurdistan, researching stolen artifacts along with mysteries in his father's past. An Irish-Acadian soldier carries his fiddle and folk song across the battlefields of the First World War. An orphan-turned-assassin pursues his target across the deserts of Mexico and Texas, using a novel as evidence for his location. Growing together and then apart, these and others chase their dreams and run from their nightmares, hungry for life and longing for purpose.

Animated throughout by a striking beauty and ferocity, A Song from Faraway pieces together "stories we tell about ourselves," illuminating the human condition and our times.

  • Englisch
  • 3,32 MB
978-1-57131-721-6 (9781571317216)
Deni Ellis Béchard is the author of seven previous books of fiction and nonfiction, including Vandal Love, winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers Prize, and Into the Sun, winner of the 2016 Midwest Book Award for Literary Fiction and selected by CBC/Radio-Canada as one of the most important books to be read by Canada's political leadership. His work has received the Nautilus Book Award for Investigative Journalism and been featured in Best Canadian Essays, and his photojournalism has been exhibited in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. His articles, fiction, and photos have been published in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Reuters, the Paris Review, The Guardian, Patagonia, La Repubblica, The Walrus, Pacific Standard, Le Devoir, Vanity Fair Italia, the Herald (Scotland), the Huffington Post, the Harvard Review, the National Post, and Foreign Policy. He has reported from India, Cuba, Rwanda, Colombia, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Afghanistan.

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