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Description - Schopenhauer's Telescope by Gerard Donovan

In an unnamed European village, in the middle of a civil war, one man digs while another watches over him. Gradually, they begin to talk. Over the course of the afternoon, as the snow falls and truck-loads of villagers are corralled in the next field, we discover why they are there - not just who they are and how specific, sinister events in their country have led them to be separated by a deepening grave, but why the history of civilization is inseparable from the history of mass violence. Beautifully written, with a poet's eye for detail coupled with a chilling narrative drive, Gerard Donovan's first novel has been compared with Franz Kafka and Bernhard Schlink. SCHOPENHAUER'S TELESCOPE is current in the best sense - not merely about Bosnia or Kosovo, but in attempting to make art out of brutal life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780743239219
ISBN-10: 0743239210
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 130mm x 21mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Scribner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Gerard Donovan

Gerard Donovan was born in Ireland and now lives in New York. This is his first novel.

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