Pure (Paperback)Andrew Miller (author)
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A sinuous recreation of Paris on the brink of revolution, Costa Book of the Year Award winning Pure employs the metaphor of a pungent burial ground for the fetid dregs of the Ancien Regime. Peopled with unforgettable characters rendered in viscerally elegant prose, Miller’s book interrogates notions of rationalism, integrity and progress, with visionary elan.
A year of bones, of grave-dirt, relentless work. Of mummified corpses and chanting priests.
A year of rape, suicide, sudden death. Of friendship too. Of desire. Of love...
A year unlike any other he has lived.
Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it.
At first Baratte sees this as a chance to clear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 242 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 23 mm
'His recreation of pre-Revolutionary Paris is extraordinarily vivid and imaginative, and his story is so gripping that you'll put your life on hold to finish it.' - The Times
'Enthralling ... superbly researched, brilliantly narrated and movingly resolved.' - Observer
'Exquisite inside and out, Pure is a near-faultless thing.' - Sunday Telegraph
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