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Only the Animals
Author: Ceridwen Dovey

Product Details:
ISBN: 9780143573012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Dims (mm): 133 x 196
Pub Date: 25-02-15
Pub Country: Australia
Condition: NEW

Exquisitely written, playful and poignant, Only the Animals is a remarkable literary achievement by the award-winning Ceridwen Dovey, one of our brightest young writers. Perhaps only the animals can tell us what it is to be human. The souls of ten animals caught up in human conflicts over the last century tell their astonishing stories of life and death. In a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette's theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany a dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by the Tolstoys drifts in space during the Cold War. In the siege of Sarajevo a bear starving to death tells a fairytale. And a dolphin sent to Iraq by the US Navy writes a letter to Sylvia Plath ...An animal's-eye view of humans at our brutal worst and our creative best, Only the Animals asks us to believe again in the redemptive power of reading and writing fiction. 'The most original, surprising and inspired book I read this year.' Stephen Romei, Weekend Australian 'An audacious work of the imagaination ...Funny, tragic, smart, arch, poignant and playful all at once.' Catherine Armitage, The Age 'Dazzling ...An ambitious book with a fable-like surface, and a whole churning world beneath. ' Romy Ash, The Guardian (Australia) 'Only the Animals is mesmerizing and exhilarating, funny and moving. It has elements of strangeness and greatness, like Kafka. Dovey's exquisitely drawn creatures grapple nobly with their animal natures, a genius point of view from which to illuminate how we humans - ostensibly conscious and verbal - are trapped in ours. This book feels like a major mind announcing itself.' Anna Funder 'Wholly extraordinary.' Michelle de Kretser 'Th

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