Blood Kin: A Novel

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Penguin, Feb 28, 2008 - Fiction - 192 pages
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Rarely does a debut novel attract the sweeping critical acclaim of Ceridwen Dovey's Blood Kin. Shortlisted for two prestigious awards, this tale centers around a military coup in an unnamed country, with characters who have no names or any identifying physical characteristics. Known simply as the ex-President's chef, barber, and portrait painter, these three men perform their mundane tasks and appear unaware of the atrocities of their employer's regime. But when the President is deposed, the trio are revealed as less than innocent. A deeply chilling yet sensual novel, Blood Kin illustrates Lord Acton's famous quip, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely," and marks the beginning of an illustrious literary career.
 

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BLOOD KIN

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A spare political fable assesses the contaminating nature of power in both public and private lives.A small cast of nameless characters interacts intricately in Dovey's poised debut, set in an unnamed ... Read full review

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Dovey's debut novel opens in the tense moments preceding a coup d'├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Żtat in which the president is deposed and replaced by an also nameless commander. However, this tale of regime change is ... Read full review

Contents

PART I
HIS PORTRAITIST
HIS CHEF
HIS BARBER
HIS PORTRAITIST
HIS CHEF
HIS BARBER
HIS PORTRAITIST
PART II
HIS BARBERS BROTHERS FIANC╔E
HIS CHEFS DAUGHTER
HIS PORTRAITISTS WIFE
HIS BARBERS BROTHERS FIANC╔E
HIS CHEFS DAUGHTER
HIS PORTRAITISTS WIFE
HIS BARBERS BROTHERS FIANC╔E

HIS CHEF
HIS BARBER
HIS PORTRAITIST
HIS CHEF
HIS BARBER
HIS PORTRAITIST
HIS CHEF
HIS BARBER
HIS CHEFS DAUGHTER
HIS PORTRAITISTS WIFE
PART III
HIS BARBER
HIS PORTRAITIST
HIS CHEF
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Ceridwen Dovey's debut novel, Blood Kin, is being published in thirteen countries. She grew up in South Africa and Australia, and now lives in New York City.

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