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A New York Review Books Original Hav is like no place on earth. Rumored to be the site of Troy, captured during the crusades and recaptured by Saladin, visited by Tolstoy, Hitler, Grace Kelly, and Princess Diana, this Mediterranean city-state is home to several architectural marvels and an annual rooftop race that is a feat of athleticism and insanity. As Jan Morris guides us through the corridors and quarters of Hav, we hear the mingling of Italian, Russian, and Arabic in its markets, delight in its famous snow raspberries, and meet the denizens of its casinos and cafEs. When Morris published" Last Letters from Hav "in 1985, it was short-listed for the Booker Prize. Here it is joined by "Hav of the Myrmidons," a sequel that brings the story up-to-date. Twenty-first-century Hav is nearly unrecognizable. Sanitized and monetized, it is ruled by a group of fanatics who have rewritten its history to reflect their own blinkered view of the past. Morris's only novel is dazzlingly sui-generis, part erudite travel memoir, part speculative fiction, part cautionary political tale. It transports the reader to an extraordinary place that never was, but could well be.

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  • Paperback | 301 pages
  • 127 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • The New York Review of Books, Inc
  • NYRB Classics
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 1590174496
  • 9781590174494
  • 421,756

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"After reading "Last Letters from Hav", what travel writer would ever want to report from an actual place? ...a vigorous literary hybrid; elegant fiction in its own right but also a respectfully witty homage to indomitable English travel writers like Lawrence, Burton and Blanch." --Elaine Kendall, "Los Angeles Times"

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About Jan Morris

Jan Morris was born in 1926, is Anglo-Welsh, and lives in Wales. She has written some forty books, including the Pax Britannica trilogy about the British Empire; studies of Wales, Spain, Venice, Oxford, Manhattan, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Trieste; six volumes of collected travel essays; two memoirs; two capricious biographies; and a couple of novels--but she defines her entire oeuvre as "disguised autobiography." she is an honorary D.Litt. of the University of Wales and a Commander of the British Empire. Her memoir "Conundrum "is available as a New York Review Book Classic. Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-one novels as well as volumes of short stories, poems, essays, and works for children. Among her novels are "The Left Hand of Darkness" and "The Dispossessed," both winners of the nebula and Hugo awards.

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