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The Nature of Blood

Caryl Phillips

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ISBN 10: 0571190731 / ISBN 13: 9780571190737
Published by Faber and Faber, London, 1997
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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A young Jewish woman growing up in Germany in the mid 20th century and an African general hired by the Doge to command his armies in 16th century Venice - linked stories at times of personal crisis and momentous social conflict. 213pp. Signed by the author to the title page. Size: 225x140mm. Bookseller Inventory # 16879s8

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Title: The Nature of Blood

Publisher: Faber and Faber, London

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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" unforgettable novel about loss and persecution, about courage and betrayal, and about the terrible pain yet absolute necessity of human memory."


Like his earlier works, the novels Cambridge and Crossing the River, Caryl Phillips's The Nature of Blood is made up of several stories that take place over a large span of time. The result of this innovative technique is that themes, characters, and incidents resonate against one another, and history is seen not as a straight line but as a circle or a spiral. In one story, a Jewish man abandons his family to fight for the state of Israel. In another, the Moor Othello, another soldier who has left his family, comes to Venice. There, he visits the Jewish ghetto and finds himself astounded that "they should choose to live in this manner." Phillips's most daring feat in this provocative and thoughtful novel, however, may be to write in the first person about a Holocaust survivor just after World War II.

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