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Beatrice and Virgil Martel, Yann/ Bramhall, Mark (NRT) 1 of 1

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Format:  CD
ISBN-10: 0307715159
ISBN-13: 9780307715159
Sku: 213374647
Publish Date: 4/13/2010
Pages:  3
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From the bestselling author of the Booker Prize-winning "Life of Pi" comes a mesmerizing and brilliant exploration of the limitations of language in understanding and describing the horrors of the Holocaust.
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In a tale exploring the limitations of language in understanding and describing the Holocaust, a novelist and a taxidermist collaborate on a play about a donkey and a howler monkey who have survived a genocide.
Nine years after his bestselling Booker-winning LIFE OF PI, Yann Martel returns with a richly layered tale that grapples with the issue of how to address the horrors of the Holocaust in art. The story revolves around Henry, the author of a bestselling book reminiscent of LIFE OF PI, as he struggles to break out of a crippling case of writer's block and find a way to complete a Holocaust-themed second novel. Henry's creative breakthrough comes in the form of an unexpected relationship with an eccentric taxidermist who has spent his life working on an existential play featuring a talking donkey and monkey. A philosophically complex novel, BEATRICE AND VIRGIL features a wide range of stylistic approaches: semi-autobiographical descriptions of the writing life, essayistic musings on the relationship between art and reality, and allegorical excerpts from the taxidermist's play. At turns comic, whimsical, thoughtful, and deeply disturbing, Martel's novel is a profound yet playful look at art's ability to address morality.


"[A] fable-type story with iceberg-deep dimensions reaching far below the surface of its general premise." (starred review) - Brad Hooper 03/01/2010

"Martel's prose style, which ranges from the nicely simple to the naively clumsy, makes it easy to underestimate his literary cunning. But, as with every element in this carefully constructed book, it turns out to be fraught with ironies....BEATRICE AND VIRGIL linger[s] troublingly in the mind." - Adam Kirsch 04/01/2010

"What BEATRICE AND VIRGIL itself is 'about' is...not easily summarized; like Mr. Martel's award-winning best seller LIFE OF PI, the book is a sophisticated fable featuring animal characters and inter-species conversations. It might be best described as an artful philosophical novella rather in the spirit of the slim volumes produced by writers of the French Enlightenment....[The book] is so imbued with passionate moral and intellectual ardor that even the cynical should find it engaging." - Brooke Allen 04/17/2010

"[A]n ambitious, troubling, but ultimately misguided effort....Martel uses riddles, games, literary allusions, chunks of text (a Flaubert short story, for instance) and deceptively simple language to trace his narrator's journey into collaboration and confrontation with evil. But he's not as convincing as he was in LIFE OF PI." - Jane Ciabattari 04/17/2010

"Writers such as Martel are a kind of human sacrifice. It cannot be easy to imagine a way into suffering, come out, lead others into and through it." - Susan Salter Reynolds 04/18/2010

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Audio Cassette - Unabridged / Audio CD - Unabridged
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   3
Product attributePublisher:   Random House Audio
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