Dark Diversions

Dark Diversions

by John Ralston Saul
     
 

In Dark Diversions, acclaimed author John Ralston Saul stages a black comedy of international proportions that takes the reader from New York to Paris to Morocco to Haiti in the 1980s and 1990s. When he’s not encountering dictators in Third World hot spots, Saul’s narrator moves in privileged circles on both sides of the Atlantic, insinuating

Overview

In Dark Diversions, acclaimed author John Ralston Saul stages a black comedy of international proportions that takes the reader from New York to Paris to Morocco to Haiti in the 1980s and 1990s. When he’s not encountering dictators in Third World hot spots, Saul’s narrator moves in privileged circles on both sides of the Atlantic, insinuating himself into the lives of wellto-do aristocrats. Through his exploits we experience a fascinating world of secret lovers, exiled princesses, death by veganism, and religious heresies. But as he becomes further enmeshed in these worlds, the outsider status of the narrator grows more ambiguous: Is he a documentarian of privileged foibles and fundamental inequity, or an embodiment of the very “dark diversions” he chronicles?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Saul has the eye, the aloofness, the killer turn-of-phrase of a Truman Capote.”
– Le Figaro Littéraire

“A delightful novel, invigoratingly wicked.”
– Le Monde

“crisp dialogue and evocative descriptions...An ingenious read, Dark Diversions will be a solid end-of-summer choice for a wide and varied audience.”
The Winnipeg Free Press
 

"clean and unadorned prose"
The Toronto Star

Praise for John Ralston Saul:
"With his sophisticated international perspective and blunt freedom from cant, he offers a promising persona for the future: the intellectual as man of the world."
The Washington Post

"[Saul has] the most wide-ranging mind and [is] one of the greatest organizing and focusing teachers we have."
Sydney Morning Herald

"Saul has a keen eye for hypocrisy and pungently dry wit."
The Independent (UK)

Library Journal
The 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143187509
Publisher:
Penguin Canada
Publication date:
06/25/2013
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Saul has the eye, the aloofness, the killer turn-of-phrase of a Truman Capote.”
– Le Figaro Littéraire

“A delightful novel, invigoratingly wicked.”
– Le Monde

“crisp dialogue and evocative descriptions...An ingenious read, Dark Diversions will be a solid end-of-summer choice for a wide and varied audience.”
The Winnipeg Free Press

"clean and unadorned prose"
The Toronto Star

Praise for John Ralston Saul:
"With his sophisticated international perspective and blunt freedom from cant, he offers a promising persona for the future: the intellectual as man of the world."
The Washington Post

"[Saul has] the most wide-ranging mind and [is] one of the greatest organizing and focusing teachers we have."
Sydney Morning Herald

"Saul has a keen eye for hypocrisy and pungently dry wit."
The Independent (UK)

Meet the Author

Hailed as a “prophet” by Time magazine, John Ralston Saul has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Premio Letterario Internazionale, and Chile’s Pablo Neruda Medal. A globally renowned author of fiction, history, and philosophy, he is president of PEN International. His thirteen works have been translated into twenty-two languages in thirty countries.

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