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The Abyssinian

By Jean-Christophe Rufin

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| Paperback | 9780330393874

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Jean-Christophe Rufin yokes the elegant language of the French enlightenment with the storytelling of Alexandre Dumas to create a splendid parable of liberty, religious fanaticism and the possibility of happiness. 'Set in 1700, towards the end of the Continue

Jean-Christophe Rufin yokes the elegant language of the French enlightenment with the storytelling of Alexandre Dumas to create a splendid parable of liberty, religious fanaticism and the possibility of happiness. 'Set in 1700, towards the end of the reign of Louis XIV, it follows the fortunes of a brave apothecary, a talented but unofficial doctor, who is talked into leading an embassy from Cairo to Ethiopia ...Rufin maintains a perfect balance between impatient detachment and compassionate curiosity. The Abyssinian, like Thackeray's Vanity Fair, carries the weight of history with good-humoured finesse' The Times 'An ambitious first novel, dashing, abundant and, when necessary, vividly theatrical' Times Literary Supplement '[A] remarkably assured first novel ...Rufin's writing is elegantly readable' Independent 'It is old-fashioned enough to be delightful, and new enough to be moving' Glasgow Herald 'Rufin offers the reader at least three different novels in the space of a single book: a tale of diplomatic intrigue, a voyage of discovery to a virtually unknown civilisation, and a chronicle of the adventures and loves of his irrepressible hero' Daily Telegraph

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 200 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0330393871
  • ISBN-13: 9780330393874
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publish date: 2000-11-10
  • Dimensions: 168 mm x 838 mm x 1,270 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Others
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