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Monsieur Linh and His Child

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780857385710

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Traumatized by memories of his war-ravaged country, his son and daughter-in-law dead, Monsieur Linh travels to a foreign land to bring the child in his arms to safety. To begin with, he is too afraid to leave the refugee centre, but the first time he braves the freezing cold to walk the streets of this strange, fast-moving town, he encounters Monsieur Bark, a widower whose dignified sorrow mirrors his own. Though they have no shared language, an instinctive friendship is forged; but Monsieur Linh’s stay in the dormitory is only temporary. Sooner or later he and his child must find a permanent home.

Delicate and restrained, but with an extraordinary twist, Monsieur Linh and His Child is an immensely moving novel of perfect simplicity, by the author of Brodeck’s Report.

Reviews

'an impossibly elegant novel, one that makes you sort of wistful at the beauty of the words and their meaning' Black Sheep Dances.
Black Sheep Dances
'There is nothing sentimental about the prose, which is as restrained and delicate as a piece of Indochinese artwork' Ophelia Field, Guardian.
Guardian
'A delicately sympathetic portrayal of trauma, as well as a poignant evocation of guilt' Maya Jaggi, Guardian.
Guardian
'This is an extraordinary, powerful and moving novel of the refugee experience ... Highly recommended' Sarah Bower, Historical Novels Society.
Historical Novels Society
'Like all good fables, it conveys the sense of a greater significance beyond itself' Daniel Hahn, Independent.
Independent
'Exquisite' Allan Massie, Scotsman.
Scotsman
'An exquisitely crafted little gem of a book' Rebecca Isherwood, Skinny.
Skinny
'Claudel maintains a simplicity and sensitivity throughout the book, mirroring the compassion and sympathy that the men share for each other' The Irish Times.
Irish Times