The Mayor's Tongue
By (author) Nathaniel Rich
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Mayor's Tongue by Nathaniel Rich
Book Description"The Mayor's Tongue" is a bold, vertiginous debut novel that unfolds in two narratives, one following a young man and the other an old man. The young man is Eugene Brentani, a devotee of the reclusive author and adventurer Constance Eakins, who goes to Trieste to find the girl he loves, who has in turn gone there herself to find Eakins. The old man is Mr. Schmitz, whose wife is dying, and who longs to confide in his dear friend Rutherford. But Rutherford has disappeared, and his letters, postmarked from Italy, become more and more ominous as the weeks pass. In separate but resonating story lines, both men's adventures take them from New York City to the mountains of northern Italy, where the line between reality and imagination begins to blur and stories take on a life of their own.Here, we are immersed in Rich's vivid, enchanting world full of captivating characters - the despairing Enzo who wanders looking for a nameless love; the tiny, doll-like guide, Lang; and the grotesque Eakins. Over this strange, spectral landscape looms the Mayor, a mythic and monstrous figure considered a 'beautiful creator' by his townspeople, whose pull ultimately becomes irresistible. From a young writer of exceptional promise, this exhilarating novel is a meditation on the frustrations of love, the madness of mayors, the failings of language and the transformative powers of storytelling.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780701183349
(215mm x 136mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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The young man is Eugene Brentani, a devotee of the reclusive author and adventurer Constance Eakins, who goes to Trieste to find the girl he loves, who has in turn gone there herself to find Eakins. The old man is Mr Schmitz, whose wife is dying, and who longs to confide in his dear friend Rutherford.
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Author Biography - Nathaniel Rich
Nathaniel Rich has published essays and criticism in The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Nation, The New Republic and Slate. He is an editor at The Paris Review.
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