The Darling

The Darling

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Hannah Musgrave - enigmatic, tough, middle aged - has lived many lives. A member of the terrorist group The Weathermen in the 60s, she was once a hardened radical, both sexually and politically. Fleeing from the FBI, she settles in Liberia, where she marries a politician and becomes a mother and wife. But Hannah remains removed from her life in Africa, even from her husband and three sons. It is only the chimpanzees in the sanctuary which she develops that truly touch her. Liberia, in the meantime, is a country waiting to explode. As a bloody war erupts Hannah is on the run again.This time though the past won't disappear. Reminiscent of the novels of Greene and Conrad, The Darling is big, bold, utterly compelling more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 34mm | 721.22g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Export ed
  • 0747575584
  • 9780747575580

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'Magnificent I believed every word of it, forgot I was reading fiction. Russell Banks has created a story that is both shattering and reassuring, and a narrator, Bone, who will stay with me for the rest of my life.' Roddy Doyle on RULE OF THE BONE Everything about Affliction is impressive-- [It] will not let go of you, I swear, until you turn the last page." Elmore Leonard on AFFLICTION 'Russell Banks's work presents without falsehood and with tough affection the uncompromising moral voice of our time. You find the craziness of false dreams, the political inequalities, and somehow the sliver of redemption. I trust his portraits of America more than any other -- the burden of it, the need for it, the hell of it.' Michael Ondaatje on CLOUDSPLITTERshow more

About Russell Banks

Russell Banks is the critically acclaimed author of Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter (the film by Atom Egoyan won the Grand Prix and International Critics Prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival), Rule of the Bone and Continental Drift, amongst others. A winner of numerous fellowships and prizes, he writes regularly for Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, and Harper's. Russell Banks currently lives in upstate New more