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Shanghai Nights by Juan Marse Carbo
Book DescriptionIn impoverished post-civil war Barcelona, fourteen-year-old Daniel fills in time between school and starting work as a jeweller's apprentice by taking on the care of an elderly and eccentric sea captain, whose campaign against a suspected gas leak exposes him to the ridicule of his neighbours. With little to enliven the grey atmosphere and dull routines of the battle-scarred city, Daniel becomes increasingly drawn to the beautiful and bed-ridden Susana, who spends her days dreaming of seeing her fugitive father, Kim, again. When a mysterious stranger arrives at the villa with magical tales of the Shanghai underworld and Kim's noble exploits there, both Daniel and Susana suppress their questions and willingly fall under his spell. An intoxicating tale of the human spirit, Shanghai Nights is a compelling, illuminating novel about children that has a great deal to say about adulthood.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099464372
(198mm x 129mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Juan Marse Carbo
Lizard Tails, Paperback (February 2004)» View all books by Juan Marse Carbo
David's alcoholic father, who is being pursued for political reasons, has deserted David and his attractive red-haired mother. David and his friend spend their time collecting detachable lizards' tails; symbolic of the detachment and uncertainty which characterises their young lives in troubled post-war Spain.
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Author Biography - Juan Marse Carbo
Juan Marse was born in Barcelona in 1933. Following the publication of his first novel in 1960 he has gone on to become one of the most respected living authors in Spain. He has been honoured with many literary prizes, including the Narrative National Prize for Lizard Tails, the European Literature Prize for Shanghai Nights and, in 2008, the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious award for Spanish-language Literature.
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