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In the spring of 1914, renowned photographer August Sander took a photograph of three young men on their way to a country dance. This haunting image, capturing the last moments of innocence on the brink of World War I, provides the central focus of Powers's brilliant and compelling novel. As the fate of the three farmers is chronicled, two contemporary stories unfold. The young narrator becomes obsessed with the photo, while Peter Mays, a computer writer in Boston, discovers he has a personal link with it. The three stories connect in a surprising way and provide the reader with a mystery that spans a century of brutality and progress.

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"The time of the photograph of the three farmers (the frontispiece of this book) is May 1, 1914. The photographer is August Sander. The book is called a novel, and all that is in it is not fact. Nevertheless, this is more a treatise on war, the dance of death, that weaves back and forth between 1914 and the present and manages to bring in, in one way or another, Sarah Bernhardt and Henry Ford as well as assorted soldiers and civilians. Powers sums up his book best when he writes: 'There is no way around the memory of the First War, that dance lying just to the right of the photo's frame. There is only going through it.' That is just what Powers does, thoroughly." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

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Richard Powers is a MacArthur Fellow. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.

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Elisa Miller, October 26, 2014 (view all comments by Elisa Miller)
This is the book that got me hooked on the writings of Richard Powers. He skillfully weaved the story of a photograph of the three farmers taken on the eve of WW I; a young man (the narrator) who sees the picture in museum years... who is compelled to learn the story of the photograph, and a young computer editor and his obsession with a young lady he sees at a holiday celebration. All of Powers' books share this lyrical quality, intertwining multiple story lines into a cohesive and compelling read. I've read them all... and the was the one that put my on this path.
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Elisa Miller, October 26, 2014 (view all comments by Elisa Miller)
This is the book that got me hooked on the writings of Richard Powers. He skillfully weaved the story of a photograph of the three farmers taken on the eve of WW I; a young man (the narrator) who sees the picture in museum years... who is compelled to learn the story of the photograph, and a young computer editor and his obsession with a young lady he sees at a holiday celebration. All of Powers' books share this lyrical quality, intertwining multiple story lines into a cohesive and compelling read. I've read them all... and the was the one that put my on this path.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060975098
Author:
Powers, Richard
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Richard Powers
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918 -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
v. 269
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.96x5.52x.90 in. .69 lbs.

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