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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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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.