The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios

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Harcourt, Sep 1, 2005 - Fiction - 209 pages
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Here are four unforgettable stories by the author of Life of Pi. Written earlier in Martel's career, these tales display that startling mix of dazzle and depth that have made Yann Martel an international phenomenon.

Inventive in form and timeless in content, each story is moving and thought-provoking. A Canadian university student visiting Washington, D.C., experiences the Vietnam War through an intense musical encounter. Variations of a warden's letter to the mother of a man he has just executed reveal how each life is contained in its end. A young man's fascination with the mirror-making machine he finds in his grandmother's attic is juxtaposed with the reminiscences it evokes from his grandmother. And, in the exquisite title story, a young man dying of AIDS joins his friend in fashioning a story of the Roccamatio family of Helsinki, set against the yearly march of the twentieth century.


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User Review  - fist - LibraryThing

Those of you who seek to find the magic of Life of Pi: look no further. It isn't here. This is a book of short stories that was published in the wake of Life of Pi, when there was no sequel ready, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rz - Goodreads

Maybe theintroduction prejudiced me. But compared to the early work of other writers (eg Pratchett), Martel's prose is simple, clean and elegant. And his stories, as usual, haunt me and disturb me ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

YANN MARTEL is the Man Booker Prize-winning author of Life of Pi. When he stays put, he lives in Montreal.

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