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Blood Kin (Signed First Edition)

Ceridwen Dovey

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ISBN 10: 0670018562 / ISBN 13: 9780670018567
Published by Viking, 2009
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New York: Viking (2009). First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New/New. A pristine unread copy, with archival-quality mylar dust jacket protector. Signed by author on title page. Author has signed name only, with no other wriitng. Smoke free shop. Shipped in sturdy box. The National Book Foundation named the author as one of five recipients of the 2009 "5 Under 35" Award (for authors under the age of 35). Bookseller Inventory # 1009-25

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Title: Blood Kin (Signed First Edition)

Publisher: Viking

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition...

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A president has been overthrown by a military coup in a nameless country in an unspecified era. The president’s barber, chef, and portraitist are imprisoned, with many others, in a remote palace in the hills high above the city center. Before the coup, these three men worked with unquestioning loyalty, serving the president in seemingly benign jobs. Now, forced to serve the country’s new leader, they begin to reconsider their role in the old regime.

In simple, elegant prose Blood Kin alternates between the voices of the barber, the chef, and the portraitist. Later in the book their wives, lovers, and daughters tell their own tales. As the old order falls, so does the veil that hides the truth about these men and women’s secret passions. No one, it seems, is entirely immune to the many temptations of power.

Ceridwen Dovey’s debut is a welcome addition to the important tradition of allegorical writing about political upheaval and personal guilt. Her clever, magnetic story will resonate with fans of J. M. Coetzee, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Gabriel García Márquez.

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Ceridwen Dovey grew up in South Africa and Australia. A graduate of Harvard University, she is now a doctoral student in anthropology at New York University. Her stories “Vasbyt” and “Coma Karma” were selected for the anthology African Road: New Writing from Southern Africa, judged by J. M. Coetzee.

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