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The Man Who Wasn't There
     

The Man Who Wasn't There

by Pat Barker
 
Twelve-year-old Colin knows little about his father except that he must have fought in the war. His mother, totally absorbed by the nightclub where she works, says nothing about him, and Colin turns to films for images of what his father might have been. Weaving in and out of Colin's real life, his imagined film explores issues of loyalty and betrayal and searches

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Twelve-year-old Colin knows little about his father except that he must have fought in the war. His mother, totally absorbed by the nightclub where she works, says nothing about him, and Colin turns to films for images of what his father might have been. Weaving in and out of Colin's real life, his imagined film explores issues of loyalty and betrayal and searches for the answer to the question 'What is a man?'

Author Biography: Pat Barker is the author of Another World, and the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy: Regeneration; The Eye in the Door, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize; and The Ghost Road, which won the Booker Prize. Her newest novel is Border Crossing (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). She lives in England.

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“With her novels, she adds dignity to this century's often bleak and undignified human record.” —The Los Angeles Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345369543
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/1990
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
158

Meet the Author

Pat Barker was born in Thornaby-on-Tees in 1943. She was educated at the London School of Economics and has been a teacher of history and politics. Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, which won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Ghost Road, which won the Booker Prize. Pat Barker is married and lives in Durham.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Durham, England
Date of Birth:
May 8, 1943
Place of Birth:
Thornaby-on-Tees, England
Education:
London School of Economics; Durham University

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