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The Swordfish

A novel by

Giddy instinct for plot and pace...openhearted enjoyment of sexual eccentricity"" - Publishers Weekly. ""A brilliant novella...a disturbing and yet dazzling picture of small-town conflict and crisis"" - Kirkus Reviews. Hugo Claus is Belgium's most celebrated author, shortlisted for the Nobel Prize and the recipient of numerous literary awards. Translated into over nine languages, The Swordfish is ostensibly the story of a summer moment in the lives, fantasies, and sensibilities of Martin, a seven year-old boy, his single mother, and the village headmaster. A senseless murder is committed and it affects Martin most of all. His fertile imagination inspires him to identify with the swordfish, as well as Clint Eastwood and Jesus Christ. With a masterfully light touch, Claus brings his readers into contact with the perplexing matters of loss, truth, religion, desire, and passion. Chosen for the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works.


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Hardback Editions

August 1996 : UK Hardback

Title: Swordfish (UNESCO Collection of Representative Works: European)
Author(s): Hugo Claus
ISBN: 0-7206-0985-2 / 978-0-7206-0985-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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Paperback Editions

May 1996 : Paperback

Title: The Swordfish
Author(s): Hugo Claus
ISBN: 9231032771 / 978-9231032776
Publisher: UNESCO
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