Compass (Hardcover)

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By Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
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Mathias Énard, winner of the 2015 Prix Goncourt, writes propulsive, far-ranging prose. His long, snaking sentences are nuanced history lessons disguised as fiction. Erudite and melancholic Viennese musicologist Franz Ritter, in the throes of yet another sleepless night, surrenders to the merciless fun house mirrors of memory. Memories, specifically, of the elusive, intoxicating Sarah, but in a larger sense, memories of the fraught and multivalent tensions between Europe and the Middle East. Fans of W.G. Sebald or Anne Carson should not miss Énard's opium dreamscape. -John

— From Spring Booknotes 2017


Winner of the Prix Goncourt (France), the Leipzig Prize (Germany), Premio Von Rezzori (Italy), shortlisted for the 2017 International Man Booker Prize.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811226622
ISBN-10: 081122662X
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: March 28th, 2017
Pages: 464
Language: English