A haunting, elegiac evocation of hill-farm life, from its very first line A Kingdom is preoccupied with the connotations surrounding the word 'rooted' and with what it means, for good and ill, to be tied to such a place.
Her twelve-year-old son was troubled, borderline psychotic. And suddenly I found myself drawn into their world, searching for Hawthorne in the shadow of a massive property deal, the Russian mafia, a strange religious order and not one but two murders. Was Hawthorne already dead?
Patrick's life strikes Robert as brazenly fabricated, yet soon he is compelled to pursue his own story. In a twist on the cat-and-mouse narrative, A Lonely Man depicts an attempt to create art at the brink of empathy and imagination.
Barely educated and valued since childhood strictly for his labour, Ernaux's father had grown into a hard, practical man who showed his family little affection. Narrating his slow ascent towards material comfort, Ernaux's cold observation in A Man's Place reveals the shame that haunted her father throughout his life.
Sick of life? Murdered, you will be of greater interest than ever you were in life. Our hero meticulously plans his own demise, except for one detail: what if he suddenly decides he wants to live? 'Kurkov's eye for the absurdities of Ukrainian life is as sharp as ever' - Sunday Telegraph