When Clem Blass, an experienced photo-journalist, witnesses the grotesque aftermath of a genocidal massacre in Africa, he finally sees more than his understanding can bear. He returns to London with his vision of human nature shattered, his life derailed.Yet gradually his outlook is undermined by the tenderness and decency he observes in the lives of those around him. The kindness of an elderly aunt, the perplexed sincerity of his father, the joyful love between his cousin and her fiance. Most confounding of all is the irrepressible small stream of goodness in his own heart. Then news arrives that offers Clem the chance to confront the author of his nightmares. But can reprisal any longer be a solution?Reaching from central Africa to Toronto, Scotland to Brussels and back into the colonial past, Andrew Miller's new novel explores how we act in a world where monstrous cruelty coexists with infinite compassion, and where the line between optimism and self-delusion is always perilously thin.
- Hardback | 313 pages
- 144.8 x 203.2 x 27.9mm | 408.24g
- 11 Apr 2005
- HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
- United States