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The Letter Bearer

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The Rider has no memory of who he is, or how he came to be lying - dying - in the brutal heat of the North African desert. Rescued by a band of deserters, the Rider begins to piece together his identity, based on shards of recollection and the letters in his post bag. The Letter Bearer is unlike any other novel of World War Two. It asks profound questions about trauma, warfare and the experience of desertion. This gripping story asks us to consider how men build hope when they have nothing left - not even a name.

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionWar & combat fictionSecond World War fictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Granta Books Publication Date: 05/02/2015 ISBN-13: 9781847088260  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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ROBERT ALLISON has been a theatre director, a film and music reviewer and a copy-editor. He lives in London.

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A wounded soldier is robbed and left for dead in the North African desert. He is picked up by a group of deserters, who nurse him to some approximation of health. He cannot remember who he is. All he has left on him is a bag full of letters which he reads obsessively, hunting for clues to his identity. Over the coming weeks he must learn to navigate the dangerous dynamics of this strange band of stragglers, while piecing together his own history from fragments and flashes of memory. What follows is both a gripping action story and a brilliant meditation on selfhood. To what extent is identity inherent or performed, shaped by role, office, duty? What happens when remembering who you are means shouldering a terrible guilt? A masterful debut from an exciting new British novelist.

Marion, Fiction

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 31/03/2015

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