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The Dumb House

(1997)
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In Persian myth, it is said that Akbar the Great built a palace which he filled with newborns, attended only by mutes, in order to learn whether language is innate or aquired. As the children grew into their silent and difficult world, this palace became known as the Gang Mahal, or Dumb House. In his first novel, John Burnside explores the possibilities inherent in a modern-day repetition of Akbars investigations. The unnamed narrator creates a twisted variant of the Dumb House. When the children develop a musical language of their own, excluding their jailer, he extracts an appalling revenge.

 
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Paperback Editions

August 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Dumb House (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 1-78487-011-0 / 978-1-78487-011-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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June 2009 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Dumb House
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 0-09-954652-3 / 978-0-09-954652-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 1998 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Dumb House
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 0-09-958271-6 / 978-0-09-958271-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 1997 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Dumb House
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 0-224-04207-6 / 978-0-224-04207-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Kindle Editions

December 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Dumb House (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): John Burnside
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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