Search Results: "Barry Unsworth"


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THE QUALITY OF MERCY by Barry Unsworth
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"A sturdy historical novel with fewer pages than Sacred Hunger but no less nuance."
Unsworth returns to themes of greed and human rights in this potent sequel to his 1992 Booker Prize-winning novel Sacred Hunger. Read full book review >

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AFTER HANNIBAL by Barry Unsworth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1997

"But the exquisitely evoked Umbrian landscape that serves as backdrop for these petty squabbles and personal dramas is the real draw here."
Following his grim, medieval Morality Play (1995) with a more delicate modern work, Unsworth makes the most both of his Booker Prizewinning talents and the Italian countryside he now calls home to offer an homage to Umbria and a skewering of the motley multinational crew who've taken up residence there. Read full book review >

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THE HIDE by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Ranging from scenes of farce to scenes of chilling cruelty, what emerges is a superbly nuanced view of human frailty beset by evil and adversity—a strong addition to the Unsworth oeuvre already available here."
An earlier work by Booker-winning Unsworth (Savage Hunger, 1992; Morality Play, 1995, etc.), now making its first appearance in the US: a brooding, quietly savage little tale of eccentricity, manipulation, and malevolence on an English country estate. Read full book review >

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SACRED HUNGER by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 22, 1992

"Intense in its elaboration of two vastly different visions of destiny and cause-and-effect, more steeped in history than Charles Johnson's Middle Passage: a riveting, outstanding addition to an already impressive oeuvre."
A masterful, thoroughly engrossing tale from acclaimed historical novelist Unsworth (Pascali's Island, 1980; Stone Virgin, 1986)—about the British slave trade in the mid-18th century and a shipboard mutiny from which arose a community based on racial equality. Read full book review >

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THE PARTNERSHIP by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Rich with lush language, but perilously lacking plot or tension."
A first US appearance for this 1966 debut novel by Booker Prize-winning Unsworth (Sacred Hunger, 1992), notable primarily for what it promises. Read full book review >

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LAND OF MARVELS by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"A transfixing melodrama alive with crackling suspense, sharply drawn characters, intense historical relevance and ideas in action. Absorbing and irresistible."
The Booker Prize-winning British author's latest novel is a tale of archaeological exploration and global political cross-purposes, set in the former Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in the immediate pre-war year of 1914. Read full book review >

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THE SONG OF THE KINGS by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2003

"Nevertheless, a distinguished companion to such glorious excursions into the past as Sacred Hunger (1992) and Losing Nelson (1999)."
The world of Homeric epic and Euripidean tragedy is brought sharply to life in British master Unsworth's gorgeously detailed, astute 14th novel. Read full book review >

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SUGAR AND RUM by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"This certainly goes to show that what lurks in the head of a frustrated writer isn't pretty, but the quiet desperation and its surprising turns seem more a matter of skillful artifice than sublime storytelling."
A 1990 novel by Unsworth (After Hannibal, 1997, etc.) finally surfaces here, adding a distinctively quirky note to his Booker-winning Sacred Hunger (1992): here, an obsessive novelist overcomes writer's block by resolving the guilt he's carried since his closest friend died beside him in Italy during WWII. Read full book review >

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THE RUBY IN HER NAVEL by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2006

"Unsworth's luscious history is ripe territory for a dialogue on the ever-present struggle against intolerance, a seemingly inevitable human frailty."
A richly imagined novel of the Middle Ages, filled with questions of race, God and fidelity, from the Booker Prize-winning Unsworth (The Song of the Kings, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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LOSING NELSON by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1999

"Psychodrama and historical suspense align to extraordinary effect here, entwining the two in a denouement both stunning and unspeakably sad. (Book-of-the-Month Club)"
In a novel of singular complexity, Unsworth (Sugar and Rum, p. 481, etc.) sheds remarkable light on the nature of obsession, as a daft but supremely knowledgeable biographer of British naval hero Lord Horatio Nelson fights desperately against the evidence to rescue his subject from a distinctly unheroic deed. Read full book review >

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MORALITY PLAY by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"With mood and setting crisplyand chillinglyevoked, favorable comparisons to The Name of the Rose are in order, though many characters here are slender rather than fully figured, so that what could have been a truly great novel is instead only very good. (Author tour)"
Bookerwinning Unsworth (Sacred Hunger, 1992) again brings his formidable talent to bear on English history, here in a brooding 14thcentury tale of itinerant players who are inexorably drawn into the dark maze of secrets behind a murderto their own peril. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1991

The trial of Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry, with its titillating mixture of sex, lies, and videotape, not only attracted worldwide attention, but gave rise to more serious questions—which are partially addressed here by Voice of America's Agronsky. Read full book review >