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An elderly American living in Brazil reminisces about his various lives as World War II ace, multimillionaire investment banker, insane asylum inmate, thief, murderer, lover, and protector of the innocent. By the author of Winter's Tale. 50,000 first printing.
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"Splendidly entertaining . . . Joyce and Nabokov could produce verbal astonishments as readily. Not many others come to mind." --Time
An old American sits in a mountain garden in Brazil, writing his memoirs. As he reminisces and writes, placing the pages carefully in his antproof case, we learn that he was a World War II ace who was shot down twice, an investment banker who met with popes and presidents, and a man who was never not in love. He was the thief of the century, a murderer, and a protector of the innocent. And all his life he waged a valiant, losing, one-man battle against the world’s most insidious enslaver: coffee.
In this novel, Mark Helprin’s astounding prose combines adventure, satire, flights of transcendence, and high comedy in a "memoir" of a man whose life reads like the song of the twentieth century.
"Extravagant, daring . . . full of unexpected jolts of laugh-out-loud comedy . . . Helprin is one of the most ambitious novelists of our day." --The Washington Post Book World
?Stunning . . . [Helprin] speaks with the tongues of angels.”?San Francisco Chronicle
Educated at Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford, Mark Helprin served in the Israeli army, Israeli Air Force, and British Merchant Navy. He is the author of Refiner's Fire, A Dove of the East and Other Stories, Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, Ellis Island and Other Stories, The Pacific and Other Stories, and Freddy and Fredericka. He lives in Virginia.About the Author:
Mark Helprin is the acclaimed author of Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, Freddy and Fredericka, The Pacific, Ellis Island, Memoir from Antproof Case, and numerous other works. His novels are read around the world, translated into over 20 languages.
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Book Description Harcourt Brace, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0151000972
Book Description Harcourt Brace, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0151000972
Book Description Harcourt Brace, New York, NY, 1995. Cloth. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition, First Printing. New York, NY, Harcourt-Brace, 1995. First edition, first printing. 8vo. Brown cloth with gilt lettering embossed in spine, 514 pp. An old American who lives in Brazil is writing his memoirs. An English teacher at the naval academy, he is married to a woman who is young enough to be his daughter and has a little son whom he adores. He sits in a mountain garden in Niteroi, overlooking the ocean and carries with him a Walther P-88. As he reminisces and writes, placing the pages in his antproof case, we learn that he was a World War II ace who was shot down twice; an investment banker who met with popes and presidents; a multimillionaire; and a man who was never not in love. He was the thief of the century, a murderer, and a protector of the innocent. In his adolescence he spent years in an insane asylum in Switzerland. And all his life, he waged a valiant, one-sided, one-man battle against the world's most insidious enslaver: coffee. New in a new dust jacket, protected by a mylar cover. Seller Inventory # EM-B1192-09
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Book Description Harcourt Brace. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0151000972 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0031863