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Wray, John

ISBN 10: 0701169648 / ISBN 13: 9780701169640
Published by Chatto & Windus, 2001
Used Condition: Fine Soft cover
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First Edition. Chatto and Windus. First paperback printing. With a publicity card from Knopf laid in. Near fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000095569

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Publisher: Chatto & Windus

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Oskar Voxlauer is in flight from his past - from his bourgeois Austrian upbringing; from horrific memories of fighting on the Italian Front in 1917; and from the twenty years he has spent in the Ukraine watching his Bolshevik ideals crumble and the physical decline of the woman who taught him about love. In 1938, he finally returns to the small Austrian town of his birth where his mother is waiting to greet a son she hasn't seen since he was a boy. But, despite Oskar's attempts to live a reclusive existence as a gamekeeper up in the hills, he cannot escape the tensions that are threatening the tranquil town of Niessen. When Hitler marches into Austria and the Blackshirts come to the valley.

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“Extraordinary; haunting.” –The New York Times Book Review

“Brilliant. . . . . A truly arresting work of fiction. . . . Is it really possible, the reader will wonder, for a young American to have written such a book?” –The New York Times Book Review

“Elegantly written, hypnotic.”–The Washington Post Book Review

“Studded with precise, exquisite descriptions. . . . Wray is capable of writing with almost painful tenderness....The Right Hand of Sleep make[s] another time seem astonishingly alive.” –Chicago Tribune

“[Wray] writes with an assurance that makes his [hero] both complex and compelling.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review

“One of the most gratifying events of the literary year . . . [The Right Hand of Sleep] satisfies on the deepest level of which fiction is capable.” –Memphis Commercial Appeal

“A taut, searing portrait.” –Literary Review [UK]

“Stark and evocativeÉ A finely drawn portrait of a man who finds peace with himself at a time when the rest of the world is falling apart.” –Time Out

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