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The Last Brother

The Last Brother

In the remote forests of Mauritius, young Raj is almost oblivious of the Second World War raging beyond his tiny exotic island. With only his mother for company while his father works as a prison guard, solitary ever since his brothers died years ago, Raj thinks only of making friends.
One day, the far-away world comes to Mauritius, and Raj meets David, a Jew exiled from his home in Europe and imprisoned in the camp where Raj’s father works. David becomes the friend that he has always longed for, a brother to replace those he has lost. Raj knows that he must help David to escape. As they flee through sub-tropical landscapes and devastating storms, the boys battle hunger and malaria – and forge a friendship only death can destroy.
The Last Brother is a powerful, poetic novel that sheds new light on a little-explored aspect of 20th-century history.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fiction: Special Features / Fiction In Translation

On Sale: 3rd February 2011

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781849167888

Reviews

'Sophisticated, confident and beautifully poetic writing that's tender and poignant and consistently captivating ... a remarkable and precise portrait of a childhood that both convinces and moves' Daniel Hahn, Bookseller.
Bookseller
'A lushly beautiful child's-eye tale' Boyd Tonkin, Independent.
Independent
'A powerfully lyrical and poetic piece of literature . . . that staggers in its power to move the most cynical reader.' Dominic O'Sullivan, Irish Examiner
Irish Examiner
'The rich implications of history ... that lie behind its comparatively simple story would have won the admiration of Margeurite Yourcenar' Paul Binding, Times Literary Supplement.
Literary Supplement