In the Wilderness

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With his American debut, The Carpenter's Pencil, Manuel Rivas was hailed as a novelist of deep emotions and a powerful sense of history. In the Wilderness—a multi-layered novel that combines tenderness, humor, and a strong sense of cultural identity—confirms his status as a preeminent writer of visionary imagination and ideas.

A glorious cast of animals, birds, and humans comes together to relate the magical stories that form the plot of this extraordinary tale. An old woman ...

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Overview

With his American debut, The Carpenter's Pencil, Manuel Rivas was hailed as a novelist of deep emotions and a powerful sense of history. In the Wilderness—a multi-layered novel that combines tenderness, humor, and a strong sense of cultural identity—confirms his status as a preeminent writer of visionary imagination and ideas.

A glorious cast of animals, birds, and humans comes together to relate the magical stories that form the plot of this extraordinary tale. An old woman tells how the two hundred ravens of Xallas are the warrior-poets of the last king go Galicia; a priest explains to a peasant girl that the beautifully carved women in the local church are not saints, but representations of the seven deadly sins; and a bat names Gaspar relates his won death to a lizard. In the Wilderness is a wondrous amalgamation of the traditions, legends, language, and history of Rivas's beloved homeland that is sure to bewitch readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585677559
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Manuel Rivas was born in A Coruna, Spain in 1957.  He writes in the Galician language of northwest Spain and is well-known in his native country for his journalism and for teh films made of his prize-winning novles and short stories. 

Jonathan Dunne is the distinguished translator whose work includes Manuel Rivas's The Carpenter's Pencil.

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