The Monsters of St. Helena
Miembro desde 1996
Miembro desde 1996
Título: The Monsters of St. Helena
Editorial: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York
Año de publicación: 2002
Condición del libro:Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Dust Jacket Included
Edición: 1st Edition
A notorious episode in Napoleon's career, brilliantly illuminated in fiction
Brooks Hansen's new novel is the story of Napoleon Bonaparte's last exile, in 1815, on the island of St. Helena in the Atlantic, "the place on earth farthest from any other place." The island is populated by English expatriates and the descendants of Portuguese settlers and their slaves--and by the spirit of the island's first native, the sixteenth-century nobleman Fernando Lopez, who haunts them all, and the novel, in strange and captivating ways.
Bonaparte's arrival--with a retinue of fifteen hundred people--throws the island population into turmoil and particularly alarms the slaves, who see "Bony" as a white demon. After settling in a tea-house in a patch of briars and fruit trees, where he will write his memoirs and await his inevitable end, Napoleon is befriended by a teenage girl, Betsy Balcombe--the only person who is able to penetrate the imperial facade and get to know the proud, wounded man within.
Naturally gorgeous, splendidly isolated, with its own history, manners, graveyard secrets, and even a vivid folk religion, the island of St. Helena becomes a character in its own right. The Monsters of St. Helena is a novel as unique and delightful as the territory it depicts, and a great achievement for this gifted writer.
Brooks Hansen is the author of The Chess Garden (FSG, 1995) and Perlman's Ordeal (FSG, 1999) and of Caeser's Antler's (FSG, 1997), a novel for young readers. He lives in New York City.
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