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THE RIGHT HAND OF SLEEP A Novel: Wray, John THE RIGHT HAND OF SLEEP A Novel: Wray, John

THE RIGHT HAND OF SLEEP A Novel

Wray, John

ISBN 10: 0701169648 / ISBN 13: 9780701169640
Published by Chatto & Windus, London, 2000
Condition: Very fine. Soft cover
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First Edition / First Printing. Softcover. True first, issued in 2000 in the UK as a paperback original only. Laid in is a signed promotional card from Chatto & Windus signed by Wray. A very well-received novel about Germany and Austria between the wars. Illustrated heavy card covers. Bookseller Inventory # 24610

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Title: THE RIGHT HAND OF SLEEP A Novel

Publisher: Chatto & Windus, London

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Very fine.

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition / First Printing.

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This extraordinary debut novel from Whiting Writers’ Award winner John Wray is a poetic portrait of a life redeemed at one of the darkest moments in world history.

Twenty years after deserting the army in the first world war, Oskar Voxlauer returns to the village of his youth. Haunted by his past, he finds an uneasy peace in the mountains–but it is 1938 and Oskar cannot escape from the rising tide of Nazi influence in town. He attempts to retreat to the woods, only to be drawn back by his own conscience and the chilling realization that the woman whose love might finally save him is bound to the local SS commander. Morally complex, brilliantly plotted, and heartbreakingly realized, The Right Hand of Sleep marks the beginning of an important literary career.

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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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