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"Sad, funny and moving...A wonderful book."
John Banville

One Easter a young actor, far from home, rents a house from a writer he's never heard of called Kester Berwick, and becomes fascinated by the absent Berwick's rootless, self-invented existence. Gradually, he finds his own life strangely echoing the absent writer's, as Corfu's eccentric expatriate community opens up to him. But is travelling a search or an escape? Is stillness stultifying or liberating? And where do love, sex and friendship fit? CORFU is also a meditation on literary landscapes, from Homer and Sappho to Chekhov and C.P. Cavafy. Dessaix is alive to Corfu's ghosts - Odysseus, washed up naked on the shore to be found by the princess Nausicca; Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, who, hopelessly adrift on dreams of Homer, built a palace called Achilleon; and Berwick himself, the absent centre where all these stories meet.

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Used availability for Robert Dessaix's Corfu

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Hardback Editions

March 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: Corfu
Author(s): Robert Dessaix
ISBN: 0-7432-2038-2 / 978-0-7432-2038-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2001 : UK Hardback
Title: Corfu: A novel
Author(s): Robert Dessaix
ISBN: 0-330-36278-X / 978-0-330-36278-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

June 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: Corfu: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Dessaix
ISBN: 0-7432-2039-0 / 978-0-7432-2039-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

2002 : UK Paperback
Title: CORFU
Author(s): Robert Dessaix
ISBN: 0-330-36357-3 / 978-0-330-36357-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   

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