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Another World

Barker, Pat

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ISBN 10: 0670870587 / ISBN 13: 9780670870585
Published by Viking, London, England, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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The true first edition, SIGNED by the author. Although not part of her brilliant First World War trilogy, this book brings the memories of that war into the present. In protective mylar dust jacket cover. Bookseller Inventory # 3053A

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Title: Another World

Publisher: Viking, London, England

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Nick's grandfather Geordie lies dying. As Nick watches, Geordie relives the horrors surrounding his brother's death. Meanwhile the children, who have been organized into decorating the living room, peel away the wallpaper to reveal an obscene portrait of an Edwardian family.

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The Regeneration Trilogy (Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, and The Ghost Road) established Pat Barker as one of the most powerful and versatile novelists writing today. Her eighth novel, Another World, is a powerful and complex tale of family, memory, illness, and war. Haunted by memories of the First World War, Geordie is dying of cancer, while his grandson Nick, haunted by the violence of families past (and present), struggles with his thoroughly modern marriage: angry stepchildren, exhausting toddler, miserably pregnant wife. Wracked by guilt, Geordie relives his brother's death in the trenches and his mother's grieving verdict: "It should have been you." Uncovering the intimate and public reach of Geordie's history, Nick is forced up against the "power of old wounds to leak into the present" and the paradoxical fragility--or pliancy--of personal memory. Weaving into her fictional worlds some of the most disturbing images of contemporary Britain--including that of "an older boy taking a toddler by the hand while his companion strides ahead, eager for the atrocity to come"--Barker draws her themes together into a remarkable, sometimes ruthless, study of family life and death. --Vicky Lebeau, Amazon.co.uk

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