Set in a psychiatric clinic in Moscow in the long decades of late-Soviet stagnation, this new novel sweeps the reader into a series of fantastical excursions into the Russian past. Translated by Oliver Ready.
A new novel from the author of "New Finnish Grammar", which won 3 literary prizes in Italy, translated by Judith Landry. Marani's first detective novel, this introduces Domingo Salazar, a Dominican monk, who is a Vatican secret agent. Italy is ruled by the Vatican, whose agents are dedicated to rooting out non-believers and heretics.
Admiral Fontoon tends to a lighthouse on the edge of the city, dreaming of being a famous poet. Yet when his dreams come true and he is thrust into the media spotlight, becoming an inspiring voice, his weirdest and most disgusting personal idiosyncrasy is publicly exposed. A laugh-out-loud satire on the absurdity of life.
Music is at the heart of this book. The devotion to it of a group of amateur musicians forming the Boman Quartet prevents a series of dramatic events from turning into heart-rending tragedy. Music enables each of the musicians to rise above his own bleak situation. But there is humour, too, especially in the satirical, larger than life portrayal of the local sectarians, led by the bank manager...
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