The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios [With Earphones]

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Here are four unforgettable stories by Yann Martel, the New York Times best-selling author of Life of Pi. In the exquisite title novella, a very young man dying of AIDS joins his friend in fashioning a story of the Roccamatio family of Helsinki, set against the yearly march of the 20th century. In "The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American composer John Morton," a Canadian university student visits Washington, D.C., and experiences the Vietnam War and its aftermath through an intense musical encounter. In "Manners of Dying," variations of a warden''s letter to the mother of an executed man reveal how each life is contained in its end. The final story, "The Vita Eterna Mirror Company: Mirrors to Last till Kingdom Come," is about a young man who discovers an antique mirror-making machine that runs on memories.

Specifications

Publisher Playaway
Mfg Part# 9781606406281
SKU 208758844
Format Audio Cassette Unabridged
ISBN10 1606406280
Release Date 10/1/2008
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.75H x 4.75L x 1.25T
From the Publisher
Editors Note Here are four unforgettable stories by Yann Martel, the New York Times best-selling author of Life of Pi. In the exquisite title novella, a very young man dying of AIDS joins his friend in fashioning a story of the Roccamatio family of Helsinki, set against the yearly march of the 20th century. In The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American composer John Morton, a Canadian university student visits Washington, D.C., and experiences the Vietnam War and its aftermath through an intense musical encounter. In Manners of Dying, variations of a warden's letter to the mother of an executed man reveal how each life is contained in its end. The final story, The Vita Eterna Mirror Company: Mirrors to Last till Kingdom Come, is about a young man who discovers an antique mirror-making machine that runs on memories. Written earlier in Martel's career, these tales are as moving as they are thought-provoking, as inventive in form as they are timeless in content. They display the startling mix of dazzle and depth that have made Yann Martel an international phenomenon.
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