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Library JournalThe narrator of this series of encounters is a journalist of sorts. In the 1980s and 1990s, he interviews dictators, bankers, princesses, and other high-ranking officials from New York to Paris to Morocco to Haiti, while insinuating himself into their lives and luxurious lifestyles. Each encounter is a story in itself, sometimes tied to another vignette but often contrasting markedly, with different worlds featured from one story to the next. The common thread is the voice of the dark, tongue-in-cheek, dead-pan narrator and his delivery of the facts. In one story, he confesses to choosing to let readers draw their own conclusions about the tales he tells. Toronto-based, prize-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction, Saul is the recipient of the Governor General's Award, Premio lettarario Internazionale and Chile's Pablo Neruda Medal. Readers of modern short stories will enjoy this new collection.
Verdict Recommended.—Joanna Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence
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