In the Company of Angels (Hardcover)

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Taking on the very best and the very worst of human experience, "In the Company of Angels" offers a moving story and a riveting testament to the resilience and complexity of the human heart.


Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9781608190164
SKU 211436053
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1608190161
Release Date 3/16/2010
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.5L x 1T
"This novel offers much more than just a beautiful writing style. Each character's story is so undeniably interesting that the reader gains a sense of the wonder of disparate lives with unpredictable but intriguing connections." (starred review)
"[A]fter a decade of acclaim abroad....this watershed novel is [Kennedy's] first to be published in the U.S.....Kennedy's respect for his characters and startlingly tender regard for basic humanity color what is in effect a high-concept love story..." (starred review)
"The style of IN THE COMAPNY OF ANGELS is, like its somewhat unfortunate title, so earnest as to seem almost artless; by the standards of contemporary literary fiction, it's often hopelessly on-the-nose and unsubtle in describing its characters' inner lives. Yet this in no way detracts from the novel's power or its tractor-beam-like ability to lock the reader into the unfolding drama of Nardo's recovery, a fragile structure that's always on the verge of disintegrating into despair."
"IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS--I leave it to you to discover the explanation for the title -- is powerful and of the moment. Since it was originally published in Denmark in 2004, I suspect it was inspired by torture conducted by the American government in Iraq and Guantanamo, but I didn't detect a whiff of political or ideological posturing in it. Kennedy writes clean, evocative prose, and an occasional note of humor leavens this dark novel. He is a writer to be reckoned with, and it's about time the reckoning got underway in the country of his birth."
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Editors Note After he is tortured for months in a Chilean prison, Bernardo Greene is visited by two angels who promise that he will survive to experience beauty and love once again, a promise that has better chances of coming true after Bernardo comes to Copenhagen for treatment, only to meet Michela Ibsen, a survivor of domestic abuse.
Annotation While imprisoned and tortured in Pinochet's Chile, Bernardo Greene received a visitation from an angel promising him the chance to find love again. Later, while undergoing therapy in Copenhagen, Greene meets Michela Ibsen, a woman suffering from years of abusive relationships with men. The two damaged souls draw tentatively closer, aching for human contact though traumatized by their pasts. The first novel in Thomas E. Kennedy's "Copenhagen Quartet," IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS is, astonishingly, the first novel by the acclaimed writer--an American expatriate living in Denmark who has written twenty novels--to be published in the United States.
Editors Note 2 A luminous love story and an internationally acclaimed masterpiece, published in the United States for the first time. Born in 1944 in New York City, Thomas E . Kennedy spent his youth hitchhiking and writing his way around the United States before moving to Europe, where he has quietly published over twenty books. In the decade from 1995 to 2005, he wrote the Copenhagen Quartet, four novels set in the Danish capital, his adopted home. Published in Ireland and Denmark, the Copenhagen Quartet won international awards and was hailed as a ?masterpiece? by Duff Brenna. Critics concurred, establishing Kennedy as a daring writer of rare grace and vision. Yet his work has never seen major publication in his native country. In the Company of Angels is the first novel of the Quartet to appear here, a powerful story of two damaged souls struggling from darkness to light. Imprisoned for teaching political poetry to his students, Bernardo Greene has been tortured for months in Pinochet's Chile when he is visited by two angels who promise that he will survive to experience beauty and love once again. Months later, in Copenhagen, where he has come for treatment, the Chilean exile befriends Michela Ibsen, herself a survivor of domestic abuse. In the long nights of summer, the two of them struggle to heal, to forgive those who have left them damaged, and to trust themselves to love. Taking on the very best and the very worst of human experience, In the Company of Angels is a moving, achingly human story that achieves a fable-like quality rare in contemporary fiction. Dense with wisdom and humanity, this already acclaimed novel is a riveting testament to the resilience and complexity of the human heart.
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