THE NATURE OF BLOOD

Phillips, Caryl

ISBN 10: 0679454705 / ISBN 13: 9780679454700
Published by New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. dj, 1997
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First US printing. Novel transcending time and place, as the stories of a young Jewish woman in 20th century Germany becomes intertwined with that of an African general hired by the Doge in 16th century Venice, by this award-winning and highly praised Afro-Caribbean writer. 212 pp. INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in 1999. Very near fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 32927

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Title: THE NATURE OF BLOOD

Publisher: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. dj

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A German Jewish girl whose life is destroyed by the atrocities of World War II . . . her uncle, who undermines the sureties of his own life in order to fight for Israeli statehood . . . the Jews of a 15th-century Italian ghetto . . Othello, newly arrived in Venice . . . a young Ethiopian Jewish woman resettled in Israel. These are the extraordinary people who inhabit Caryl Phillips' eloquent and moving new novel, and whose stories are connected by circumstance, spirit, and blood across the centuries.

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Like his earlier works, the novels Cambridge and Crossing the River, Caryl Phillips's The Nature of Blood is made up of several stories that take place over a large span of time. The result of this innovative technique is that themes, characters, and incidents resonate against one another, and history is seen not as a straight line but as a circle or a spiral. In one story, a Jewish man abandons his family to fight for the state of Israel. In another, the Moor Othello, another soldier who has left his family, comes to Venice. There, he visits the Jewish ghetto and finds himself astounded that "they should choose to live in this manner." Phillips's most daring feat in this provocative and thoughtful novel, however, may be to write in the first person about a Holocaust survivor just after World War II.

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