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Awards

The Rooster 2009 Morning News Tournament of Books Nominee

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A wise and moving novel, perfectly accomplished. It shines fresh light on the nature of love . . . Like Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach, A Partisan's Daughter is a novel about missed opportunities and wrong paths taken, tracing the way in which one false move can alter the history of a life . . . A glory.

-The Guardian

How do you follow up Corelli's Mandolin, one of the most successful British novels of all time? . . . A Partisan's Daughter, although also revolving around politics, history and romance, is very much a departure. Yet it is a triumph-a finely-executed little masterpiece.

-The Mirror

Although Scheherazade may be the most famous damsel ever to delay her fate by spinning out nightly yarns of fantasy and intrigue, Roza, de Bernieres's captivating temptress, is equally gifted in the art of storytelling . . . A provocative and artful analyst of the human psyche, de Bernieres vividly celebrates the tantalizing strength of stories to transform individual lives through their eternal and universal appeal.

-Booklist (starred)

Gripping . . . De Bernieres's mellifluent, clear prose slips through the reader's mind with efficient ease, and even at its most dramatically jarring, you never need to come up for air. This is de Bernieres's skill, and it is a considerable one.

-The Times

Vintage de Bernieres . . . The author, like Roza, knows how to construct a captivating narrative, and A Partisan's Daughter is a graceful, persuasive exploration of boundless storytelling and the limits of love.

-BookPage

An attractive and completely compelling story about the power of narrative.

-Daily Mail

In A Partisan's Daughter, his urgent, spare new novel of romantic obsession, Louis de Bernieres, proficient at intricate historical narratives, shows himself an artist of the simpler story as well. Not that simple means easy. If prostitution, as so often is said, is the oldest profession, then writing about fallen women must be the oldest literary subject. To make that subject hit its mark requires a new spin. For de Bernieres, it's the smoldering repression suffered by a melancholy London salesman.

-New York Times Book Review

De Bernieres is a skilful writer, poetic but unforced, who can soothe you like a masseur, telling well-oiled stories of past excitements, and then just when you are drifting off, dexterously tweak a pressure point.

-Daily Telegraph

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

From the acclaimed author of Corelli’s Mandolin and Birds Without Wings (“de Bernires has reached heights that few modern novelists ever attempt” —The Washington Post Book World) comes an intimate new novel, a love story at once raw and sweetly funny, wry and heartbreakingly sad.

He’s Chris: bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. In his forties, he’s a stranger inside the youth culture of London in the late 1970s, a stranger to himself on the night he invites a hooker into his car.

She’s Roza: Yugoslavian, recently moved to London, the daughter of one of Tito’s partisans. She’s in her twenties but has already lived a life filled with danger, misadventure, romance, and tragedy. And although she’s not a hooker, when she’s propositioned by Chris, she gets into his car anyway.

Over the next months Roza tells Chris the stories of her past. She’s a fast-talking, wily Scheherazade, saving her own life by telling it to Chris. And he takes in her tales as if they were oxygen in an otherwise airless world. But is Roza telling the truth? Does Chris hear the stories through the filter of his own need? Does it even matter?

This deeply moving novel of their unlikely love—narrated both in the moment and in recollection, each of their voices deftly realized—is also a brilliantly subtle commentary on storytelling: its seductions and powers, and its ultimately unavoidable dangers.

Synopsis:

Bored, lonely, and trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage, forty-something Chris is a stranger to London's 1970s youth culture, when he propositions Roza, a Yugoslavian newcomer and the daughter of one of Tito's partisans, who spends the next few months telling Chris the story of her past. By the author of Corelli's Mandolin. 60,000 first printing.

About the Author

Louis de Bernires has been awarded the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book Eurasia Region in 1991 and 1992, and for Best Book in 1995. He lives in Norfolk, East Anglia, and was selected by Granta as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307270320
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
de Bernieres, Louis
Author:
Louis De Bernieres
Author:
Louis De Bernires
Author:
Louis de Bernires
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Storytelling
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Middle aged men
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20081007
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
193

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Product details 193 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307270320 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , From the acclaimed author of Corelli’s Mandolin and Birds Without Wings (“de Bernires has reached heights that few modern novelists ever attempt” —The Washington Post Book World) comes an intimate new novel, a love story at once raw and sweetly funny, wry and heartbreakingly sad.

He’s Chris: bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. In his forties, he’s a stranger inside the youth culture of London in the late 1970s, a stranger to himself on the night he invites a hooker into his car.

She’s Roza: Yugoslavian, recently moved to London, the daughter of one of Tito’s partisans. She’s in her twenties but has already lived a life filled with danger, misadventure, romance, and tragedy. And although she’s not a hooker, when she’s propositioned by Chris, she gets into his car anyway.

Over the next months Roza tells Chris the stories of her past. She’s a fast-talking, wily Scheherazade, saving her own life by telling it to Chris. And he takes in her tales as if they were oxygen in an otherwise airless world. But is Roza telling the truth? Does Chris hear the stories through the filter of his own need? Does it even matter?

This deeply moving novel of their unlikely love—narrated both in the moment and in recollection, each of their voices deftly realized—is also a brilliantly subtle commentary on storytelling: its seductions and powers, and its ultimately unavoidable dangers.

"Synopsis" by , Bored, lonely, and trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage, forty-something Chris is a stranger to London's 1970s youth culture, when he propositions Roza, a Yugoslavian newcomer and the daughter of one of Tito's partisans, who spends the next few months telling Chris the story of her past. By the author of Corelli's Mandolin. 60,000 first printing.
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