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Country of Memory

Country of Memory

(1998)
A novel by

 
K.C. Frederick sets his debut novel in a place where the sun hardly ever shines: an unnamed, fictional Eastern European country that seems to exist in a state of perpetual precipitation. The protagonist of this tale is Petir, a minor bureaucrat in a monolithic state institution, whose job it is to deny insurance claims. This leads to trouble when an injured claimant blames Petir personally for his lost compensation and begins to stalk him. But an angry peasant is only one of the hapless hero's troubles: he has also become embroiled in the messy affairs of a cross-dressing acquaintance who soon ends up dead; his ex-wife has become a lesbian; and a tragic occurrence from his childhood continues to haunt him. Against all this Kafkaesque absurdity, Frederick paints a sobering portrait of totalitarian society in upheaval, and in the process grants his harried and resolutely ordinary Petir a moment of extraordinary grace as he makes a small but defiantly humane gesture that will change him forever.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 1998 : USA Hardback
Title: Country of Memory
Author(s): K C Frederick
ISBN: 1-57962-013-2 / 978-1-57962-013-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Permanent Press
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Paperback Editions

November 1998 : USA Paperback
Title: Country of Memory
Author(s): K C Frederick
ISBN: 1-57962-056-6 / 978-1-57962-056-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Permanent Press (NY)
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