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The Book of Nights (Dedalus Hall of Fame) Paperback – 30 Nov 2013

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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Dedalus Ltd; Dedalus Hall of Fame edition edition (30 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909232815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909232815
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,862,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a lyrical attempt to blend magic realism with la France profonde, the desolate peasant regions that remain mired in myth and folklore. Nothing is too grotesque for Germain's eldritch imagination: batrachian women, loving werewolves, necklaces of tears and corpses that metamorphose into dolls all combine to produce a visionary fusion of the pagan and the mystical. --Elizabeth Young's Books of the Year in The New Statesman

The Book of Nights is a masterpiece. Germain is endowed with extraordinary narrative and descriptive abilities... She excels in portraits of emotional intensity and the gritty realism of raw emotions gives the novel its unique power. --Ziauddin Sardar in The Independent

A big, somewhat unusual novel.. which certainly possesses striking qualities - qualities not easy to visualise coming from the pen of an English-speaking author. Christine Donougher has given us a translation possessing remarkable consistency and smoothness of tone, while her pages reflect in English much of the ampleur, the ripeness, the overflowing lyricism, of the text by Sylvie Germain, with its scenes of elemental passions and unexpected atavisms. --The TLS Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize Jury

About the Author

Sylvie Germain(born 1954) is one of the most acclaimed European novelists of her generation. Dedalus has published 11 books by her:The Book of Nights, Night of Amber, Days of Anger,The Medusa Child, Prague Noir:The Weeping Woman on the Streets of Prague , Infinite Possibilities, Invitation to a Journey,The Book of Tobias, The Song of False Lovers, Magnus and Hidden Lives

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