Seven Houses in France

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Seven Houses in France

By Bernardo Atxaga; Atxaga; Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

Graywolf Press, Paperback, 9781555976231, 256pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2012

Description

A brooding novel of colonial intrigue in the Congo, from the author of "The Accordionist's Son "and "Obabakoak"
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""The year is 1903, and the garrison of Yangambi on the banks of the Congo is under the command of Captain Lalande Biran. The captain is also a poet whose ambition is 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 Lalande Biran's side are the ex-legionnaire van Thiegel, a brutal womanizer, and the servile, treacherous Donatien, who dreams of running a brothel. The officers spend their days guarding enslaved rubber-tappers and kidnapping young girls, and 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. An outstanding new novel from the critically acclaimed and prizewinning author Bernardo Atxaga, "Seven Houses in France "is a blackly comic tale which reveals the darkest sides of human desire.



About the Author
Bernardo Atxaga 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, and he lives in the Basque country.


Praise For Seven Houses in France

“Atxaga’s novel is much more than a mere chronicle of the colonial era. Inevitably, the reader thinks of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. . . but Atxaga’s story focuses on more intimate corruptions, disappearances more personal and profound, on anxieties more in the spirit of Camus than in the author of Lord Jim.” —El País