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Subtle and Sublime,
This review is from: The Three-Arched Bridge (Paperback)
This is one of the most sublime reads I have had in an awfully long time. Within this gentle feeling of being lifted away to some other country, some other century, this short novel also manages to be one of the most harrowing reads I have ever experienced. The effect is achieved by the subtlety of Hodgson's evocative and sparse translation, conveying the full horror of the situation the book descibes.
The legend of the three brothers, who immured one of their wives in a constantly sabotaged wall, is brought to a horrible reality as the company constructing the new bridge offer substantial renumeration to those that would sacrifice themselves for the sake of progress. Set in the late 14th Century, the book echoes down the corridors of time, realising several modern day parallels which are frankly enough to frighten one into putting the book down. Yet I urge you not to; this is an important landmark in world literature, and one of the best novels I have read in a very long time. You will not be disappointed.