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    DescriptionThe third novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'The Shipping News', 'Accordion Crimes' spans generations, continents and a century and confirms the hallucinatory power of Proulx's writing. 'Accordion Crimes' is a masterpiece of story-telling that spans a century and a continent. It opens in 1890 in Sicily, when an accordion-maker and his son, carrying little more than his finest button accordion, begin their voyage to the teeming, violent port of New Orleans. Within a year, the accordion-maker is murdered by an anti-Italian lynch mob, but his instrument carries the novel into another community of immigrants: German-Americans founding a new town in South Dakota. Moving from South Dakota to Texas, from Montana to Maine, the nine instantly compelling and intricately connected sections of the novel illuminate the lives of the founders of a nation, descendants of Mexicans, Poles, Germans, Irish, Scots and Franco-Canadians. Through the music of the accordion they express their fantasies, sorrows and exuberance.

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    Accordion Crimes
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Annie Proulx
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 358 g
    ISBN 13: 9781857025750
    ISBN 10: 185702575X

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
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    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FV, FA
    LC subject heading: ,
    Libri: B-232
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Libri: B-966
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, FIC014000
    Thema V1.0: FV, FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    HarperCollins Publishers
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    Publication date
    05 June 1997
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    Author Information
    Annie Proulx published her first novel 'Postcards' in 1991 at the age of 56. 'The Shipping News' won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Award and the Irish Times International Prize. Her third novel, 'Accordion Crimes', was published in 1996. She is also the author of three short-story collections, 'Heart Songs' (1994), 'Close Range' (1999) and 'Bad Dirt' (2004). 'Brokeback Mountain' was made into an Oscar-winning film in 2005. 'Fine Just the Way It Is', her third collection of Wyoming short stories, was published in 2008.
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    'This novel confirms Proulx as one of the greatest American writers.' Independent 'The detail is breathtaking, her ear for dialogue matchless, her observation unsentimental, her pace infectious. She tackles death, sex and the gruesome with black hilarity and the skills of a born storyteller. Rich and dense, "Accordion Crimes" is a splendid novel.' The Times 'Annie Proulx has written an epic social history of America and the plight of the immigrant, which is astonishing in its breadth, heroic in the scale of its ambition and brilliant in its manner of realising them.' Daily Mail 'The glorious richness of the language continually makes you pause in wonder, the details pile up and surround you.' Scotsman 'Her range and scope are tremendous, shuttling through the warp of multiple cultures and spanning, by the end, a hundred years. And it is the range of detail that grips, richly concrete.' Spectator 'Vigorous, salty and extraordinary.' The Times
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    Proulx's fourth novel charts a bleak emotional landscape. The story follows the fortunes of the luckless owners of a green, two-row button accordion, from its creator, an Italian immigrant lynched in Louisiana in 1891, to a gaggle of black children scratching out an existence on the edge of a rubbish tip in 1991. With dazzling virtuosity she portrays a host of races and cultures as successive waves of immigrants and outsiders are dashed on the rocks of America. The delicate ornamentation of the author's prose contrasts with the lurid tabloid-like disasters which befall her characters. (Kirkus UK)