The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts

The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts


By (author) Louis de Bernieres

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 198mm x 28mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 11 August 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0749391308
  • ISBN 13: 9780749391300
  • Sales rank: 52,172

Product description

When the spoilt and haughty Dona Constanza tries to divert a river to fill her swimming pool, she starts a running battle with the locals. The skirmishes are so severe that the Government dispatches a squadron of soldiers led by the fat, brutal and stupid Figueras to deal with them. Despite visiting plagues of laughing fits and giant cats upon the troops, the villagers know that to escape the cruel and unusual tortures planned for them, they must run. Thus they plan to head for the mountains and start a new and convivial civilisation.

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Author information

Louis de Bernieres is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. His most recent works are A Partisan's Daughter and Notwithstanding.

Review quote

"A very good book indeed, the sharpest and funniest I have read in quite some time" Financial Times "A fat, juicy, tropical fruit of a narrative... There is astonishing landscape. There are numerous good jokes. And, indispensably in such a novel, there is magic" Independent on Sunday "A wonderful mixture of the mythical and the poetic, of the cruel and clinical aspects of life... I have seldom read a finer first novel. It is one to savour and revisit" Scotland on Sunday "Sureal and hilarious [...] perfect for anyone lucky enough to be on an South American gap year" -- Katy Guest The Independent "A tour de force" Time Out

Editorial reviews

De Bernieres's debut novel is the delightfully funny tale about the battle between Dona Constanza and the locals in her village, after she diverts a river to fill her swimming pool. When troops of soldiers are called in by the Government to deal with them, the villages plan to flee to the mountains and start afresh. (Kirkus UK)