The Living and the Rest

The Living and the Rest

Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 31/08/2023
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"The limitless possibilities of fiction are brilliantly utilised . . . Ingenious" Irish Times"Agualusa's funny and lively tale turns increasingly ominous ahead of an explosive conclusion" Guardian***A Financial Times Fiction in Translation Book of the Year 2023***Daniel lives with artist Moira on her native Island of Mozambique. They are awaiting the birth of their child, while also organising the island's first literary festival. But as soon as the first festival guests arrive, the coast is hit by a cyclone.The island is spared, but the bridge to the mainland is left impassable, and telephone and internet connections are severed. The islanders - and the writers who have come for the festival - are cut off from the outside world. Left to their own devices, the authors forge new bonds and make the best of a situation that gets stranger each day. Some believe they're in an intermediate realm, a kind of limbo, and some have no choice but to write, as the boundaries between reality and fiction, past and future, and life and death begin to blur.Where do we go when it's all over? Perhaps to a small island. This is a novel about the nature of life and of time, and the extraordinary power of imagination and the written word, capable of creating anything and regenerating everything.Translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn

  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529421750
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 168g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 18 mm

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The Living and the Rest
Enchanting novel set in MOZAMBIQUE
The Living and the Rest is an immersive read. The story opens with journalist Daniel Benchimol and his heavily pregnant wife Moira at home on the tiny isla... READ MORE