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Compass

By (author) Mathias Enard
Translated by Charlotte Mandell
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions, London, United Kingdom
Published: 22nd Mar 2017
Dimensions: w 120mm h 195mm d 28mm
Weight: 445g
ISBN-10: 1910695238
ISBN-13: 9781910695234
Barcode No: 9781910695234
Synopsis
As night falls over Vienna, Franz Ritter, an insomniac musicologist, takes to his sickbed with an unspecified illness and spends a restless night drifting between dreams and memories, revisiting the important chapters of his life: his ongoing fascination with the Middle East and his numerous travels to Istanbul, Aleppo, Damascus, and Tehran, as well as the various writers, artists, musicians, academics, Orientalists, and explorers who populate this vast dreamscape. At the centre of these memories is his elusive, unrequited love, Sarah, a fiercely intelligent French scholar caught in the intricate tension between Europe and the Middle East. An immersive, nocturnal, musical novel, full of generous erudition and bittersweet humour, COMPASS is a journey and a declaration of admiration, a quest for the otherness inside us all and a hand reaching out - like a bridge between West and East, yesterday and tomorrow. Winner of the 2015 Prix Goncourt, this is Mathias Enard's most ambitious novel since ZONE.

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