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Publisher Comments:

"His most complex and daring book....This is a brilliant novel". — Washington Post Book World

In his sixth and most ambitious novel, Caryl Phillips creates a dazzling kaleidoscope of historical fiction, one which illuminates the dark legacy of Europe's obsession with race and blood.

At its center is the fragile Eva Stem, a survivor of a Nazi death camp, whose story is interwoven with those of others whose lives are similarly haunted: her uncle Stephan, who abandons his family in order to join the Palestinian underground; the Moorish general Othello, who in marrying Desdemona betrays both himself and his African wife; three Jews in fifteenth-century Venice who are falsely accused of a murder; and an Ethiopian woman struggling for acceptance in contemporary Israel. Through disparate lands and centuries, Phillips creates an unforgettable group portrait of individuals overwhelmed by the force of European tribalism.

"An extraordinarily perceptive and intelligent novel, and a haunting one". — The New York Times

"Phillips triumphs again....(His) writing now is a connective tissue that links disjointed centuries, continents, experiences and perspectives". — Newsday

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Synopsis:

In his most ambitious novel to date, Phillips creates a dazzling kaleidoscope of historical fiction, one that illuminates the dark legacy of Europe's obsession with race and blood. At the center of The Nature of Blood is a young woman, a Nazi death camp survivor, devastated by the loss of everyone she loves. Her story is interwoven with a cast of characters from both the present and past: her uncle Stephan, Othello the Moorish general, three Jews in 15th century Venice, and an Ethiopian Jew struggling for acceptance in contemporary Israel. Tracing these characters through disparate lands and centuries, Phillips creates an unforgettable group portrait of individuals overwhelmed by the force of European tribalism.

"An extraordinarily perceptive and intelligent novel, and a haunting one."--New York Times

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679776758
Author:
Phillips, Caryl
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
History
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Venice
Subject:
Italy History 16th century Fiction.
Subject:
Pogroms -- Fiction.
Subject:
Pogroms
Subject:
Israel Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
104-732
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.98x5.26x.72 in. .50 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In his most ambitious novel to date, Phillips creates a dazzling kaleidoscope of historical fiction, one that illuminates the dark legacy of Europe's obsession with race and blood. At the center of The Nature of Blood is a young woman, a Nazi death camp survivor, devastated by the loss of everyone she loves. Her story is interwoven with a cast of characters from both the present and past: her uncle Stephan, Othello the Moorish general, three Jews in 15th century Venice, and an Ethiopian Jew struggling for acceptance in contemporary Israel. Tracing these characters through disparate lands and centuries, Phillips creates an unforgettable group portrait of individuals overwhelmed by the force of European tribalism.

"An extraordinarily perceptive and intelligent novel, and a haunting one."--New York Times

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