The People's Act of Love

The People's Act of Love

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1919, Siberia. Deep in the unforgiving landscape a town lies under military rule, awaiting the remorseless assault of Bolsheviks along the Trans-Siberian railway. Then Samarin arrives. Appearing from the woods with a tale of escape from an Arctic prison, he says he is being chased by a cannibal. Anna, a beautiful young widow, feels something for the new arrival. Then the local shaman is found dead and suspicion and terror engulf the little more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 28mm | 340.19g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1841957062
  • 9781841957067
  • 190,833

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"The People's Act of Love has a timeless quality; it will be read, referenced, studied and talked about for years to come." Irvine Welsh "A great book, rich and illuminating and impossibly imaginative." BBC 2 Newsnight Review "This is a book to read." Helen Dunmore, The Times His book is a humdinger; brace yourself for a shock or two, but be sure to read The People's Act of Love." The Spectator "This remarkable and ambitious book succeeds as a savagely colourful, always-astonishing entertainment of elegant and bold storytelling." Simon Sebag Montefiore, Evening Standard "A quite extraordinary novel!" Philip Pullman "An exceptional event in English literature." Anthony Beevor "A big, bold, thrillingly different story told with uncanny authority." Michel Faber "By turns gruesome, beguiling and beautiful. I know I've found my novel of the year." Alan Warner"show more

About James Meek

James Meek has published two novels and two collections of short stories. He writes for the Guardian, and contributes to the London Review of Books and Granta. In 2004 his reporting from Iraq and about Guantanamo Bay won a number of British and international more

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