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The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios


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Here are four unforgettable stories by the author of Life of Pi. Written earlier in Martel's career, these tales display that startling mix of dazzle and depth that have made Yann Martel an international phenomenon.

Inventive in form and timeless in content, each story is moving and thought-provoking. A Canadian university student visiting Washington, D.C., experiences the Vietnam War through an intense musical encounter. Variations of a warden's letter to the mother of a man he has just executed reveal how each life is contained in its end. A young man's fascination with the mirror-making machine he finds in his grandmother's attic is juxtaposed with the reminiscences it evokes from his grandmother. And, in the exquisite title story, a young man dying of AIDS joins his friend in fashioning a story of the Roccamatio family of Helsinki, set against the yearly march of the twentieth century.


Written earlier in Martel's career, these four unforgettable tales are as moving as they are thought-provoking, as inventive in form as they are timeless.

About the Author

YANN MARTEL is the Man Booker Prize-winning author of Life of Pi. When he stays put, he lives in Montreal.

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Rachael, January 14, 2007 (view all comments by Rachael)
A fantastic collection of creative short stories that make you think. The initial story, "The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios" is a definite page turner - you are heartless if you don't become emotionally attached to the two main characters and their struggle to deal with their situation. I read this entire collection of 4 short stories in one plane trip from Portland to Las Vegas and found myself wishing there were a 5th!
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Martel, Yann
Harvest Books
Short Stories (single author)
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Stories (single author)
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