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ACCORDION CRIMES.

Proulx, E, Annie.

ISBN 10: 1857025091 / ISBN 13: 9781857025095
Published by SCRIBNERS., NY, 1996
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Title: ACCORDION CRIMES.

Publisher: SCRIBNERS., NY

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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The third novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of `The Shipping News', `Accordion Crimes' spans generations, continents and a century and confirms the hallucinatory power of Proulx's writing.`Accordion Crimes' is a masterpiece of story-telling that spans a century and a continent. It opens in 1890 in Sicily, when an accordion-maker and his son, carrying little more than his finest button accordion, begin their voyage to the teeming, violent port of New Orleans. Within a year, the accordion-maker is murdered by an anti-Italian lynch mob, but his instrument carries the novel into another community of immigrants: German-Americans founding a new town in South Dakota. Moving from South Dakota to Texas, from Montana to Maine, the nine instantly compelling and intricately connected sections of the novel illuminate the lives of the founders of a nation, descendants of Mexicans, Poles, Germans, Irish, Scots and Franco-Canadians. Through the music of the accordion they express their fantasies, sorrows and exuberance.

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Proulx found fertile, if rocky, soil for her first two novels (Postcards and The Shipping News) in the far northeastern corner of North America. In Accordion Crimes she ranges much further afield. The novel follows an accordion from the hands of its maker in Sicily in 1890 until it is flattened by a truck in Florida in 1996. In the intervening century it passes through the hands of a host of unlucky owners and their kin: Abelardo Relampago, who dies from the bite of a poisonous spider; Dolor Gagnon, decapitated by his own chain saw; Silvano, cut down in the jungles of Venezuela by an Indian's arrow.

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