Pursuit of a Woman on the Hinge of History
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Pursuit of a Woman on the Hinge of History

by Hans Koning
     
 

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When Lucas, a down at heel New Yorker, catches a glimpse of a woman in a small Spanish town, his life takes a radical turn. Her overwhelming beauty gives him a new perspective on the world. His only link to her is the man who was with her at the time - a billionaire financier determined to buy all the great art in the world. Lucas trails him through Europe and back to… See more details below

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When Lucas, a down at heel New Yorker, catches a glimpse of a woman in a small Spanish town, his life takes a radical turn. Her overwhelming beauty gives him a new perspective on the world. His only link to her is the man who was with her at the time - a billionaire financier determined to buy all the great art in the world. Lucas trails him through Europe and back to the states. A fierce duel of wits quickly ensues, in which Lucas finds himself the loser. Condemned for kidnapping and murder and sitting on death row in a Pennsylvania prison, Lucas is at last found by the woman for whom he'd been searching. Here is an intricate puzzle, desperate at times, of a strange humor at others.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A lonely, balding New Yorker with no prospects (and a taste for classical poetry) has an earthly vision that sends him all over Europeand ultimately to an American death rowin the haunting 12th work of fiction from Dutch expatriate Koning (The Petersburg-Cannes Express; A Walk With Love and Death). Hoping to escape his habitual "great feeling of unease," a bookstore clerk named Lucas scrapes together his meager savings for a solo trip to Spain. On the last day of his vacation, he glimpses a woman whose superhuman beauty ("not by the standards of men, even of poets, but by those of rivers, rain, nature") suddenly cures him of his dread. In his subsequent pursuit of this mysterious woman-goddess, Lucas uncovers a murder, runs afoul of a shady tycoon, falls in with Basque terrorists and, along the way, develops what seem to be extrasensory perceptions of the bloody history and sinister politics hidden all around him. In other hands, this obscure allegory might collapse under its own portentousness, but Koning writes with a dreamlike combination of paranoia and willed navet that gives his ironic, evocative prose a charming, childlike moral logic. He wastes no effort making Lucas sound like the American he claims to be: his British English and his humanism (part historical sense, part faith in the smallness of human motives and institutions) belong unmistakably to the Old World. In the same way, Koning makes no attempt at plausible political satire. The facts of our court system, say, or of corporate censorship don't interest him. What does interest him is the irrational hope that Beauty stills hold out to us at the end of our centurya hope that, in this telling, won't fail to interest his readers as well. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780967690315
Publisher:
New Ed. Beauchamp
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
NEW ED. BEAUCHAMP
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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