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Allegro Postillions

(1983)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Awards
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book
Massacre and revolution in the mountains of Calabria, passion and betrayal in a Venetian opera house, a web of baffled desire spun during a summer in Verona, a world where exile kills more swiftly than death itself, where innocence becomes a lethal weapon, where lies are saving graces - this is the brittle, bizarre and menacing background to Allegro Postillions. Jonathan Keates's prize-winning collection gathers together four stories of haunting and magnetic brilliance set in 19th-century Italy, a war-torn, emerging nation of secrets and enigmas, of sudden violence and muted anguish, a land where the sought-after beauties of art clash with the unavoidable truth of life as it is lived. 'Keates's florid tales of revolution and love, passion and exile, innocence and death create a highly charged atmosphere ... an exciting, adventurous book.' Sunday Times 'A dream object ... pre-eminently, wonderfully solid and [it] has the aura of palpable accomplishment ... a virtuoso performance.' Literary Review 'Morn Advancing ... alone justifies this book, and leaves an imprint on the memory like a Breughel landscape.' Times Literary Supplement 'Clever and extremely stylish.' Daily Telegraph



Used availability for Jonathan Keates's Allegro Postillions

Hardback Editions

February 1985 : USA Hardback
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Title: Allegro Postillions
Author(s): Jonathan Keates
ISBN: 0-8076-1110-7 / 978-0-8076-1110-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: George Braziller
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October 1983 : UK Hardback
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Title: Allegro Postillions
Author(s): Jonathan Keates
ISBN: 0-907540-36-8 / 978-0-907540-36-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Imprint unknown
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Paperback Editions

February 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Allegro Postillions
Author(s): Jonathan Keates
ISBN: 0-571-24911-6 / 978-0-571-24911-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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February 1985 : UK Paperback
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Title: Allegro Postillions (Black Swan)
Author(s): Jonathan Keates
ISBN: 0-552-99133-3 / 978-0-552-99133-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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February 1985 : USA Paperback
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Title: Allegro Postillions
Author(s): Jonathan Keates
ISBN: 0-8076-1121-2 / 978-0-8076-1121-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: George Braziller
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA