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Knopf, 1991 - Military occupation - 345 pages
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Fixed in a landscape as strange and as familiar as today's headlines, Mainland reveals a world--a colony in turmoil--in which certainty and trust increasingly give way to ambiguity and paranoia. Gripping and mysterious, it is a novel in which the conflict between the oppressor and the oppressed is mirrored by one man and one woman's attempt to connect.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Another sensitive, underplotted sort-of-espionager from British publisher McCrum (The Fabulous Englishman, A Loss of Heart, etc.) that almost succeeds in turning its featureless anomie to advantage ... Read full review


User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Psychologically jaded by his vocation as a political consultant, Stephen Mallory returns to his home office on the mainland. Even though his track record for organizing campaigns for Third World ... Read full review


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About the author (1991)

Robert McCrum is the associate editor of The Observer and lives in London with his wife, Sarah Lyall. His books include the bestselling The Story of English, My Year Off, Wodehouse: A Life, and Globish.

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