The Cage is an extraordinary story of mystery and suspense by one of Latvia's leading novelists. Edmunds Berz, a married man and a successful architect, disappears without a trace. The solution to his disappearance is one of the most ingenious in modern fiction.
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A leading Latvian novelist outlines a mystery that erupts into parlor-room philosophizing. Valdis Struga, a detective at the Riga militia's division of missing persons, has just been fantasizing about disappearing when he is called upon to locate Edmunds Berz, a privileged architect who has vanished without a trace. His protagonist's search gives Bels an opportunity to sketch Latvian society and to introduce a range of citizens. As Struga investigates and as the narrator presents the viewpoints of related characters (Berz's wife, boss, colleagues, etc.), striking parallels between hunter and hunted emerge. Initially Bels's swift characterizations and dexterous cuts between scenes are enough to captivate any reader, but as the novel continues to explore only the metaphysical implications of Berz's disappearance, Western readers in particular may hunger for more procedural details. The symbolism eventually becomes heavy-handed, and the climax--in which the fate of Berz is at last revealed--is seriously undercut by overblown rhetorical devices.
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Book Description Peter Owen, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 9.00x5.75x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0720608023
Book Description Peter Owen Publishers, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0720608023