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The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (Paperback)
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The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 30/06/2005
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This superb collection, hailed for its power, compassion and elegance, takes in the wide sweep of human experience. From the last hours of a condemned man, to the imaginary life of an AIDS patient, to the first performance of a bizarre new symphony, Yann Martel's stories are moving, thought-provoking and as inventive in form as they are timeless in content. They display the startling mix of dazzle and depth that has made him an international phenomenon.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781841956121
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 211 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 16 mm
Edition: Main


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These stories were the proving ground of Martel's trademarks: a wild imaginative scope, unembarrassed religiosity, and technique that reads like the sweeping aside of "technique" to share startling intimacies and emotional truths. Above all, there's a sense of humour that teeters like a high-wire artist above a torrent of whimsy. -- Colin Donald
One of the outstanding properties of Martel's writing here is what I can only characterise as affection: a steady, sober warmth towards his characters and their situation which engages pity while staying, at least most of the time, on the right side of sentimentality. -- Sam Leith
As in Life of Pi, you're not always sure if you are in a tangible world, or a parallel universe. The fantastical, whether worldly or ethereal, is Martel's home ground. In these stories he inhabits it with the ease of a writer for whom, quite clearly, "only the imaginary must count". -- Rosemary Goring * * Herald * *
A small masterpiece . . . A serious and convincing work that demands to be read * * Guardian * *

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