Seven Houses in France
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Seven Houses in France

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1903, and Captain Lalande Biran, overseeing a garrison on the banks of the Congo, has an ambition: to amass a fortune and return to the literary cafes of Paris.

His glamorous wife Christine has a further ambition: to own seven houses in France, a house for every year he has been abroad.

At the Captain's side are an ex-legionnaire womaniser, and a servile, treacherous man who dreams of running a brothel. At their hands the jungle is transformed into a wild circus of human ambition and absurdity. But everything changes with the arrival of a new officer and brilliant marksman: the enigmatic Chrysostome Liege.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 186g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099552256
  • 9780099552253
  • 691,980

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"Undeniably compelling"
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Seven Houses in France is an enjoyable, somewhat frightening novel by one of Europe's best novelists... Atxaga is still the master of a complex story, told with deceptive simplicity -- Michael Eaude * Independent * A brilliantly inventive writer...He understands the nature of storytelling and is at once terribly moving and wildly funny -- A. S. Byatt Undeniably compelling * Daily Mail * Bizarrely funny and beautifully crafted * Times Literary Supplement * A dark comedy about the vanity of human desires which deftly balances compassion and cynicism * Financial Times *
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About Bernardo Atxaga

Bernardo Atxaga was born in Gipuzkoa in Spain in 1951 and lives in the Basque Country, writing in Basque and Spanish. He is a prizewinning novelist and poet, whose books, including Obabakoak and The Accordionist's Son, have won critical acclaim in Spain and abroad. His works have been translated into twenty-two languages.

Margaret Jull Costa has been a literary translator from Spanish and Portugese for over twenty years, translating such writers as Jose Saramago, Eca de Queiroz, Luis Fernando Verissimo and Fernando Pessoa. Her work has brought her a number of prizes, the most recent of which was the 2010 Premio Valle-Inclan for Javier Marias' Your Face Tomorrow 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell.
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295 ratings
3.3 out of 5 stars
5 9% (27)
4 32% (93)
3 43% (126)
2 14% (42)
1 2% (7)
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