The Necessary Beggar

The Necessary Beggar

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Lemabantunk, the Glorious City, is a place of peace and plenty, festivals and flowers, bejeweled streets and glittering waterfalls. But it is also a land of severe justice. Darroti, a young merchant, has been accused of an unforgivable crime - the brutal murder of a highborn woman. Now, in keeping with the customs of their world, his entire family must share in his punishment - exile to the unknown world that lies beyond a mysterious gate.Passing through that gate, and grieving for the life they leave behind, Darroti and his family find themselves in a harsh and hostile land - America just a few years hence, a country under attack in a world torn by hatred and warfare. Unable to explain their origin, they are rapidly remanded to an internment camp in the Nevada desert along with thousands of other refugees. There they endeavor to make sense of this ill-fated land, where strange gods are worshiped and living things like flowers and insects are not respected.After Darroti, unable to bear his disgrace, takes his life, the rest of the family escapes to the outside world. There each tries to cope in his or her own way. Timbor, the head of the clan, troubled by the restless spirit of his departed son, who comes to him in dreams, does his best to preserve the old ways and avoid conflict with the outsiders. His eldest son, Macsofo, who calls himself Max, is lured by the worldly temptations of this new world, while his second son, Erolorit, strives to make a decent life for his family.But it is Timbor's granddaughter Zamatryna who is the quickest to adjust to this strange new world. It is she who is the first to learn its language, to adopt its customs, to accept this place as her new home. And, as the strain of adapting themselves to this new life begin to tear the family apart, it is Zama, sustained by the extraordinary love of an ordinary young man, who finds a way to heal their grief and give them new hope.
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  • Hardback | 316 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 30mm | 480.82g
  • United States
  • English
  • 076531097X
  • 9780765310972

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