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Sunderland

(2014)
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Unhappily married Cape Town academic Art Berger is offered what appears to be a professional lifeline: to reconstitute the final papers of the great South African writer Charles de Villiers into book-form. He is uncomfortable about the role of ghost-writer, but the project becomes literary detective-work he cannot give up. Introduce De Villiers' beautiful daughter Taryn, and Art is ensnared.

Sunderland alternates between sections, mostly in journal form, chronicling Art's struggle to make sense of De Villiers' fragmented and disordered text, and sections - scenes, notes, outlines - from that very work (also entitled 'Sunderland'). A novel of (literary) ideas as much as of character, this fascinating collaboration by two of South Africa's finest wranglers of words still comes to a literal crescendo; a finely tuned masterpiece to read in one sitting.

 
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Paperback Editions

May 2014 : South Africa Paperback
thumbTitle: Sunderland
Author(s): Ken Barris, Michael Cope
ISBN: 1-4314-1079-9 / 978-1-4314-1079-8 (South Africa edition)
Publisher: Jacana Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

April 2014 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Sunderland
Author(s): Michael Cope, Ken Barris
Publisher: Jacana Media
Availability: Amazon UK   


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