These are the Names

Tommy Wieringa

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ISBN 10: 1922247847 / ISBN 13: 9781922247841
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A small group of emaciated and feral refugees appears out of nowhere, spreading fear and panic in the town. When police commissioner Pontus Beg orders their arrest, evidence of a murder is found in their luggage. Translator(s): Garrett, Sam. Num Pages: 320 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 212 x 150 x 22. Weight in Grams: 396. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781922247841

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Synopsis: A moody, atmospheric literary thriller and “a timeless tale of migration” (The Guardian), from one of Europe’s biggest-selling authors
 
Despite its Biblical title—which comes from the opening lines of the Book of Exodus—award-winning novelist Tommy Wieringa has crafted perhaps his most timely book yet, as he traces two stories doomed to collide.
            In one, we follow a group of starving, near-feral Eurasian refugees on a harrowing quest for survival; in the other, we follow Pontus Beg, a policeman from a small border town on the steppe, as he investigates the death of a rabbi, one of the town’s two remaining Jews.
            What follows is a gripping saga in which the two stories race toward each other, and Beg will be shaken to his core by what each one reveals about man’s dark nature, and the possibility—or impossibility—of his own redemption. A virtual parable for our times, These Are the Names offers a suspenseful reading of a crisis that continues to dominate headlines, and simultaneously explores the enduring questions of faith, identity, and what it means to be “home.”

About the Author: Tommy Wieringa is one of the bestselling authors in Dutch history. His novels include Little Caesar and Joe Speedboat, which was shortlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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Title: These are the Names
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Book Description Scribe Publications, 2015. Taschenbuch. Condition: Gebraucht. Gebraucht - Sehr gut leichte Lagerspuren - These Are the Names comprises two ultimately converging story lines, set against the background of the raggedy edges of the former Soviet Union. In roughly alternating chapters, the novel introduces us to protagonist Pontus Beg - police commissioner in a large but apparently fictional Russian city - and then to a group of refugees - mostly in the person of the boy - as they make their way across the steppes in the heart of winter. Beg is a marred but sensible man, troubled by the onslaughts of age, attached to his creature comforts a reluctant detective who shies away neither from kickbacks nor from allowing his hot temper to get in the way of his better judgment. It is Beg who in many ways drives the novel; we meet him just as he is on the verge of an important discovery about his own origins. The illegal aliens have been dropped on the steppes by an Eastern European version of a ;coyote;, and are dragging themselves towards the fata morgana of the West. Their journey is a ;thicket of terrors;; the climate is a monster intent on devouring them alive, the journey is one of attrition; the dying fall and are stripped of their belongings before death even comes, and in the course of that journey the members of the group come close to and even pass that nubbin of humanity that separates them from the beast. When the group finally arrives on Pontus Beg's turf, emaciated and feral, the lives of the police commissioner and the boy cross in a significant way. When the police find evidence of a murder in the refugees' baggage, however, Beg becomes the group's inquisitor and finally something very like their savior. Characterization is the key here: it is the skill with which Wieringa keeps Pontus Beg's quest for his own background suspended in space, it is Beg's likeability as a character and his dry-eyed musings considering the nature of religion that keep the reader pinned to the page from the start. At the same time, the apocalyptic atmosphere of the group's exodus across the steppes becomes increasingly vivid and laden with meaning as the novel proceeds, in seeming synchronicity with the development of Beg's character. In the hands of a lesser novelist, These Are the Names could have become a Martin Beck imitation or a Dutch version of McCarthy's The Road. But this, Tommy Wieringa's latest, is infinitely more than that. 320 pp. Englisch. Seller Inventory # INF1000969547

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Book Description Scribe Publications, Australia, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A border town on the steppe. A small group of emaciated and feral refugees appears out of nowhere, spreading fear and panic in the town. When police commissioner Pontus Beg orders their arrest, evidence of a murder is found in their luggage. As he begins to unravel the history of their hellish journey, it becomes increasingly intertwined with the search for his own origins that he has embarked upon. Now he becomes the group s inquisitor . and, finally, something like their saviour. Beg s likeability as a character and his dry-eyed musings considering the nature of religion keep the reader pinned to the page from the start. At the same time, the apocalyptic atmosphere of the group s exodus across the steppes becomes increasingly vivid and laden with meaning as the novel proceeds, in seeming synchronicity with the development of Beg s character. With a rare blend of humour and wisdom, Tommy Wieringa links man s dark nature with the question of who we are and whether redemption is possible. Seller Inventory # AA99781922247841

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