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Seven houses in France / Bernardo Atxaga ; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa.

Author/Creator:
Atxaga, Bernardo.
Publication:
London : Harvill Secker, 2011.
Format/Description:
Book
250 p. ; 23 cm.
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Standardized Title:
Zazpi etxe Frantzian. English
Other Title:
7 houses in France
Subjects:
Kidnapping -- Fiction.
Yangambi (Congo) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Language:
Translated from the Basque.
Summary:
The year is 1903, and the garrison of Yangambi on the banks of the River 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 womaniser, 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.
Contributor:
Costa, Margaret Jull.
ISBN:
9781846554476 (hbk)
1846554470 (hbk)
OCLC:
762074255