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Swimming To Ithaca

«The Cypriot narrative blooms with life, a certain intrigue and some sharply drawn characters INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Conjures up a 1950s world of carob trees, cocktails and rebellion THE TIMES A gripping read SUNDAY TIMES»

On her deathbed, Dee Denham, at one time the toast of colonial Cyprus, tells her son Thomas that her illness is a punishment. Compelled by grief and a confused childhood memory of betrayal, Thomas finds himself searching for the meaning of her last words. Les mer

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On her deathbed, Dee Denham, at one time the toast of colonial Cyprus, tells her son Thomas that her illness is a punishment. Compelled by grief and a confused childhood memory of betrayal, Thomas finds himself searching for the meaning of her last words. He searches through faded photographs and love letters, seeks out survivors and examines his own imperfect recollections. A vanished world comes to life: the restless, seductive island of Cyprus at the end of Empire, a place of oleander and carob trees, cocktails at the Harbour Club and adultery in shuttered bedrooms, peopled by ghostly admirers and conspirators, lovers and spies. Dee's story, an intimate history of violence and tenderness for which Thomas finds himself quite unprepared, gathers momentum, against, in the background, the ominous roar of approaching disaster. A vivid evocation of the past and a deft examination of the dangerous power of memory, SWIMMING TO ITHACA sets fragile human relationships against the unstoppable force of history and sheds new light on both.

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Forlag
Abacus
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
352
ISBN
9780349119236
Utgivelsesår
2007
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

Simon Mawer was born in 1948 in England, and spent his childhood there, in Cyprus and in Malta. He now lives with his wife and two children in Italy, and teaches at the English School in Rome.

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«The Cypriot narrative blooms with life, a certain intrigue and some sharply drawn characters INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Conjures up a 1950s world of carob trees, cocktails and rebellion THE TIMES A gripping read SUNDAY TIMES»

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