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THE RIGHT HAND OF SLEEP.

Wray, John.

ISBN 10: 0375406514 / ISBN 13: 9780375406515
Published by KNOPF., NY, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First American Edition. About fine in a like dj. (A few tiny specks of foxing at top edge. Couple small spots of rubbing at dj. corner tips) Author's well reviewed FIRST book. Whiting award winner. (LRC). Bookseller Inventory # 309506

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Title: THE RIGHT HAND OF SLEEP.

Publisher: KNOPF., NY

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First 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 as a teenage recruit; and from the twenty years he has spent in the Ukraine watching his socialist ideals crumble and the life of the woman he loved slowly waste away. Alone, he finally decides to return to the Austrian village of his birth, where his mother is waiting to greet a son she hasn’t seen since he was a boy.

But the year is 1938, and despite Oskar’s attempt to live a reclusive existence as a gamekeeper in the hills, he cannot escape the tensions that are threatening the once tranquil village of Niessen. Hitler marches into Austria and the Black Shirts come to the valley. Voxlauer watches as his Jewish friend and benefactor is driven to ruin. The only things saving him—a “Red,” a deserter and a “Yid lover”—from the attentions of the SS seem to be the respect the community has for his parents and his growing love for the mysterious Else Bauer, cousin of the new SS Führer.

In his extraordinary first novel, John Wray has given both a poetic evocation of the Austrian landscape and an acute portrait of the dark side of its past. His subtle and human understanding of the ambiguities of history, the complexities of his characters and the stunning richness of his prose mark him as one of America’s most gifted new writers.

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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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