Damascus: A Novel

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Arcade Publishing, 1999 - Fiction - 310 pages
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Pick a day, any day try November 1, 1993. It's the first day of the European Union; the day after River Phoenix and Federico Fellini died. A day of interesting but not earth-shattering headlines that will affect various people living in the world behind these headlines in different ways:
Spencer and Hazel have (almost) made up their minds to create a beautiful love story all their own. They have virtually decided, after one night of glorious passion, that today is the day to answer the questions: Is this the first day of the rest of their lives together? Are they destined to find happiness in each other?
William Welsby is convinced the creation of the new Europe is the end of his beloved England. He decides to remain inside his tiny gardenshed fortress, protected from the real world. Henry Mitsui - an apparently homicidal Japanese student stalking Hazel - is on a mission. Henry has just one day left of his two-year stay in Britain and he intends to make the most of his dwindling hours by embarking on a single-minded search for true love. He'll try anything, whatever mayhem may result.
On this one day, all of Beard's characters are looking, waiting, and hoping: looking for the signs; waiting for the life-changing thunderbo
 

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DAMASCUS

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Some Chinese puzzles are so exquisitely put together that one quite forgets that the object is finally to take them apart. This second novel by Beard (X20, 1997) is one such. November 1, 1993 ... Read full review

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User Review  - MiserableLibrarian - LibraryThing

Spencer can’t quite decide if he wants to be with Hazel, and Hazel is hoping that today (November 1, 1993) is the first day of the beginning of the rest of their life together. Henry Matsui is ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
6
Section 2
9
Section 3
10
Section 4
14
Section 5
17
Section 6
33
Section 7
42
Section 8
57
Section 25
145
Section 26
152
Section 27
161
Section 28
167
Section 29
169
Section 30
183
Section 31
193
Section 32
198

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
121
Section 19
123
Section 20
129
Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
140
Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
258
Section 44
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Section 45
273
Section 46
287
Section 47
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About the author (1999)

Richard Beard is the author of five critically acclaimed novels: X20, Damascus, The Cartoonist, Dry Bones, and Lazarus is Dead, and three works of non-fiction: Muddied Oafs, How To Beat the Australians and Becoming Drusilla. He is Director of the National Academy of Writing in London. He also made the shortlist for the Goldsmiths Prize 2015 with his title Acts of the Assassins.

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