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From a writer whom Thomas Keneally calls "one of the great figures on the cusp of the millennium" comes a novel that conjures an entire world that suggests our own, but tilted on its axis-a world whose most powerful country, Voorstand, dominates its neighbors with ruthless espionage and its mesmerizing but soul-destroying Sirkus. Into that world comes Tristan Smith, a malformed, heroically willful, and unforgivingly observant child. Tristan's life includes adventure and loss, political intrigue, and a bizarre stardom in the Voorstand Sirkus, where animals talk and human performers die real deaths. The result is a visionary picaresque, staggering in its inventions, spellbinding in its suspense, and unabashedly moving.

Synopsis:

Irresistible...intimate and theatrical...supple and surprising.... We're in the hands of a master storyteller. —Carol Shields, author of The Stone Diaries

Carey has vaulted to the top ranks of writers in the English-speaking world.... Tristan has an appeal that transcends geography. —Newsday

Carey's always magical, absolutely lovable narrative voice makes The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith an important contribution to contemporary fiction.... No matter what he decides to write or how he decides to write it, it's a priviledge to read him. —Carolyn See, Washington Post Book World

Savage and hilarious...dazzling. —The New York Review of Books

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307764287
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Carey, Peter
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Picaresque literature
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Imaginary places
Subject:
Smith, Tristan
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19960130
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
432

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The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith
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Product details 432 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307764287 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Irresistible...intimate and theatrical...supple and surprising.... We're in the hands of a master storyteller. —Carol Shields, author of The Stone Diaries

Carey has vaulted to the top ranks of writers in the English-speaking world.... Tristan has an appeal that transcends geography. —Newsday

Carey's always magical, absolutely lovable narrative voice makes The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith an important contribution to contemporary fiction.... No matter what he decides to write or how he decides to write it, it's a priviledge to read him. —Carolyn See, Washington Post Book World

Savage and hilarious...dazzling. —The New York Review of Books

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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