Turn of the Wheel

Turn of the Wheel

by Oliver Friggieri
     
 
Written by one of contemporary Malta's most distinguished writers of fiction, this tells the story of Baruch Sammut, a young university student, whose idealistic pursuit of passion with a philosophy professor, an affair with a young seminarian, and a frustrating liaison with a prostitute eventually leads him to suicide. His attempt fails, and he awakens to the

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Written by one of contemporary Malta's most distinguished writers of fiction, this tells the story of Baruch Sammut, a young university student, whose idealistic pursuit of passion with a philosophy professor, an affair with a young seminarian, and a frustrating liaison with a prostitute eventually leads him to suicide. His attempt fails, and he awakens to the realization that even this act of desperation was just another bitterly ironic turn of the wheel of his fate.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The brief angst-filled tale of Baruch Sammut serves to introduce one of Malta's distinguished contemporary writers and the problems inherent to his tiny country. The novel opens with Baruch's grief at the death of an idolized young professor with whom, however, he has never exchanged a word. Baruch's obsession with this man occupies much of the story, and leads Baruch to find his own life, studies and family unbearably empty and repressive. Sickened by his own malaise, he enters the seminary in fervent hopes of becoming a priest. When an affair with another seminarian leads to the expulsion of both, Baruch turns to a prostitute who instinctively dismisses his declaration of love for her. Baruch flees from yet another aborted passion. Even his eventual attempt at suicide is botched, leaving him still confined within the strictures he detests. Friggieri's swift, terse prose well suits this tense excursion into a suffering young man's view of a limited society. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780905075259
Publisher:
Wilfion Books
Publication date:
12/28/1987
Series:
UNESCO Collection of Representative Work
Pages:
77

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