Blood Kin: A Novel

Blood Kin: A Novel

by Ceridwen Dovey
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Blood Kin: A Novel by Ceridwen Dovey

Rarely does a debut novel attract the sweeping critical acclaim of Ceridwen Dovey's Blood Kin. Shortlisted for two prestigious awards, this tale centers around a military coup in an unnamed country, with characters who have no names or any identifying physical characteristics. Known simply as the ex-President's chef, barber, and portrait painter, these three men perform their mundane tasks and appear unaware of the atrocities of their employer's regime. But when the President is deposed, the trio are revealed as less than innocent. A deeply chilling yet sensual novel, Blood Kin illustrates Lord Acton's famous quip, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely," and marks the beginning of an illustrious literary career.

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ISBN-13: 9780143114826
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/24/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ceridwen Dovey's debut novel, Blood Kin, is being published in thirteen countries. She grew up in South Africa and Australia, and now lives in New York City.

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Blood Kin 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
Fascinating fiction about several people whose lives intertwine before, during, and after a coup in a unnamed country. All the characters exhibit degrees of a stern practicality and ruthless opportunism that seems appropriate to the politicized circumstances in which they find themselves. The fact that we are hearing each person's voice and these things are not known by the others, makes us somewhat complicit, or voyeuristic. We are not suprised, perhaps, at the violence that erupts. Very controlled, richly imagined debut from a writer to watch.