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In the first century A.D., Publius Ovidius Naso, the most urbane and irreverent poet of imperial Rome, was banished to a remote village on the edge of the Black Sea. From these sparse facts, Malouf has fashioned an audacious and supremely moving novel. Marooned on the edge of the known world, exiled from his native tongue, Ovid depends on the kindness of barbarians who impale their dead and converse with the spirit world.Then he becomes the guardian of a still more savage creature, a feral child who has grown up among deer. What ensues is a luminous encounter between civilization and nature, as enacted by a poet who once cataloged the treacheries of love and a boy who slowly learns how to give it.

"A work of unusual intelligence and imagination, full of surprising images and insights...One of those rare books you end up underlining and copying out into notebooks and reading out loud to friends."--The New York Times Book Review

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David Malouf is the author of ten novels and six volumes of poetry. His novel The Great World was awarded both the prestigious Commonwealth Prize and the Prix Femina Estranger. Remembering Babylon was short-listed for the Booker Prize. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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Haifisch, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Haifisch)
An incredibly human (and humane) book of the Roman poet Ovid in exile, learning from a wild child. So beautifully written that I read portions out loud to myself, simply to hear the rhythm of the speech.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679767930
Author:
Malouf, David
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Poets
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Romania
Subject:
Exiles
Subject:
Feral children
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Poets, Latin
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;ovid;novel;australia;historical fiction;20th century;literature;exile;historical;ancient rome;australian fiction;australian literature;poets
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
no. 6332
Publication Date:
19960531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.01x5.21x.48 in. .41 lbs.

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