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Description - A Guide to Berlin, A by Gail Jones

We travel to find ourselves, to run away. What we discover can be confronting.

oA Guide to Berlino is the name of a short story written by Vladimir Nabokov in 1925, when he was a young man of 26, living in Berlin. It is unusual in that it concerns everyday objects, not monuments- the 'guide' is one man's pub-talk, and consists of small noticed details and random visions recorded on an inconsequential winter's day in the Berlin of the 20s.

In this contemporary novel, A Guide to Berlin, six strangers to the city - two Italians, two Japanese, one American and one Australian - meet over their interest in Vladimir Nabokov's work. They enter a kind of informal narrative contract to offer up 'speak-memories' to each other. Each shares stories of their past and forms friendships and relationships within their international circle.

The plot turns on a sudden moment of violence. The city of Berlin transfixes them all, but in deeply personal and distinctive ways, so that although there is a net of affiliations and shared images, the city is different for each of thema Although another 'ensemble' novel, like Five Bells, this novel takes as its focus the Australian character, a young woman called Cass.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780857988157
ISBN-10: 0857988158
Format: Paperback / softback
(232mm x 154mm x 20mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Vintage (Australia)
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 3-Aug-2015
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Gail Jones

Gail Jones is the author of two short-story collections, a critical monograph, and the novels Black Mirror, Sixty Lights, Dreams of Speaking, Sorry and Five Bells. Three times shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, her prizes include the WA Premier's Award for Fiction, the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Age Book of the Year Award, the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction and the ASAL Gold Medal. She has also been shortlisted for international awards, including the IMPAC and the Prix Femina. Her fiction has been translated into nine languages.

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