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The Unyielding Clamor of the Night: A Novel

Bissoondath, Neil

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ISBN 10: 1596911972 / ISBN 13: 9781596911970
Published by Bloomsbury USA, 2006
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Title: The Unyielding Clamor of the Night: A Novel

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Publication Date: 2006

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

A mesmerizing novel about the brutal and lasting effects of poverty and violence.

Arun, a young man of privileged background, leaves his home in the prosperous north of his Southeast Asian island nation to teach in the devastated south, where a civil war between the military and rebel insurgents profoundly affects daily life. Idealistic and driven by a need to give meaning to his life, Arun relinquishes the trappings of wealth to dedicate himself to improving the lot of the "2 percenters," as the country's southern population is called. Over the course of several months he befriends some of the local people―Jaisaram, the local butcher, and his daughter Anjani, who reads to her father from romance novels; Kumarsingh, a "go-getting" entrepreneur; Seth, an American-trained army captain stationed at the local base; and various pupils.

In Omeara, however, nothing is as it seems; everyone has secrets and truth is elusive. At the village school, attendance is meager and irregular. The only students who attend are those who, damaged by the conflict, are incapable of working in the fields. Surrounded by poverty and the constant threat of violence, Arun's optimism is eventually depleted and frustration with educating the village's schoolchildren overwhelms him. When violence finally touches him personally, he is forced to confront basic truths about his friends, his family, his country and, most wrenchingly, himself.

About the Author:

Neil Bissoondath is the author of The Worlds within Her, Doing the Heart Good, and A Casual Brutality. He has been nominated for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. He has won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Prize and a National Magazine Award (Gold) for fiction. He lives in Quebec City with his wife and daughter.

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