This Strange Eventful History

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Author: Claire Messud

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Hardback

Publisher: Fleet

ISBN: 9780349127057

RRP: $55.00

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*A TIME MAGAZINE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2024 *

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‘One of those rare novels which a reader doesn’t merely read but lives through with the characters . . . Claire Messud is a magnificent storyteller‘ Yiyun Li

June 1940. As Paris falls to the Germans, Gaston Cassar – honorable servant of France, devoted husband and father, currently posted as naval attache in Salonica – bids farewell to his beloved wife, aunt and children, placing his faith in God that they will be reunited after the war. But escaping the violence of that cataclysm is not the same as emerging unscathed. The family will never again be whole.

A work of breathtaking historical sweep and vivid psychological intimacy, This Strange Eventful History charts the Cassars’ unfolding story as its members move between Salonica and Algeria, the US, Cuba, Canada, Argentina, Australia and France – their itinerary shaped as much by a search for an elusive wholeness, as by the imperatives of politics, faith, family, industry and desire.

A tour de force, This Strange Eventful History is one of those rare novels which a reader doesn’t merely read but lives through with the characters. Call it the War and Peace of the 20th and 21st century, call it The Long View of a family migrating through many borders, worlds, and eras, call it anything and we fall short. Claire Messud is a magnificent storyteller, and the novel, an all-encompassing history of many human hearts and any human heart, will linger and haunt us as the best and the most heartbreaking memory – Yiyun Li

What an extraordinary experience This Strange Eventful History gives to readersClaire Messud captures the heartbreaking paradoxes of being in our world and in ourselves yet feeling separated from both with a precision and acuity like no other writer I know‘ – Paul Harding, Booker-shortlisted author of This Other Eden

This Strange Eventful History is an astonishment – rich and luminous, dense with life, wide with wisdom… Rarely has the private magic of familial love been so fully realized in a public act of literature – Ayad Akhtar

A choral mural of sweep and scope that knows just when to render the historical personal, Claire Messud’s epic is above all a wise, wary, yet love-struck chronicle of how the selves we strive to make become “colonized” by family

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