Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Desert Review & Special Offer

Just got a really nice review from Publisher's Weekly of Desert, by J.M.G. Le Clézio: "One of the few works by 2008 Nobel laureate Le Clézio to be translated into English, this mythic novel tells two parallel stories of descendants of a holy man called Al Azraq. The novel begins with Nour, a Berber boy who bears witness to the failed rebellion led by Sheik Ma el Aïnine against the French in the years leading up to WWI. In the cadences of an incantation, Le Clézio renders the dire suffering of the displaced desert peoples who turn to Ma el Aïnine for guidance. The parallel story, set in the near-contemporary, portrays Lalla, a young woman who lives on the Moroccan coast and spends her days exploring the seashore and listening to the stories of her aunt and the fisherman Old Naman. After escaping an arranged marriage, Lalla lands in Marseille and finds not the gleaming white city of Naman's stories but a cruel place cut off from nature. Le Clézio's vision is cinematic, his language lyrical and the lives he portrays are vivid and convincing."

We've also decided to make Desert available with The Prospector at a special 30% discount off the cover price when you purchase them together. The offer only lasts until August 1 — so, order now and discover this world-renowned Nobel Prize–winning author through a definitive masterpiece (The Prospector) and the novel that the Nobel committee termed Le Clézio's "definitive breakthrough as a novelist" (Desert).

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