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The High Mountains of Portugal: A Novel

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The High Mountains of Portugal: A Novel by Yann Martel

“Pack your bags: Fifteen years after The Life of Pi, Yann Martel is taking us on another long journey. Fans of his Man Booker Prize??"winning novel will recognize familiar themes from that seafaring phenomenon, but the itinerary in this imaginative new book is entirely fresh. . . . Martel??s writing has never been more charming.”??"Ron Charles, The Washington Post

In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that??"if he can find it??"would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe??s earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure.

Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás??s quest.

Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.

The High Mountains of Portugal??"part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable??"offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. Filled with tenderness, humor, and endless surprise, it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century??"and through the human soul.

Praise for The High Mountains of Portugal

“We??re fortunate to have brilliant writers using their fiction to meditate on a paradox we need urgently to consider??"the unbridgeable gap and the unbreakable bond between human and animal, our impossible self-alienation from our world. . . . [Martel??s] semi-surreal, semi-absurdist mode is well suited to exploring the paradox. The moral and spiritual implications of his tale have, in the end, a quality of haunting tenderness.”??"Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian

“Martel continues his quirky romance with ideas, using three interlocking novellas to chew over religious revelation, human mortality, and interspecies communication, among other notions. . . . [He] maintains his fascination with the porous borders between homo sapiens and other species. . . . [Martel packs] his inventive novel with beguiling ideas. What connects an inept curator to a haunted pathologist to a smitten politician across more than seventy-five years is the author??s ability to conjure up something uncanny at the end.”??"The Boston Globe

“A fine home, and story, in which to find oneself.”??"Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Highly imaginative . . . Martel??s narrative wizardry connects three novellas set seven decades apart in the eponymous region of Portugal. . . . Martel is in a class by himself in acknowledging the tragic vicissitudes of life while celebrating wildly ridiculous contretemps that bring levity to the mystery of existence.”??"Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A remarkable novel.”??"Maclean??s

“The prose is sharp, comical, and carries a deeply poignant message: though religion may be one person??s belief structure and another??s laughing stock, it is important to humanity.”??"The List

“His depiction of loss is raw and deeply affecting??"but it??s the way in which he contextualises it within formal religion that gives this book an extra dimension.”??"The Telegraph (four stars)

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Pages: 352
Size: 1.0 MB
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Date published:   2016
ISBN: 9780812997187 (DRM-EPUB)

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