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A house in Istria

Author: Richard Swartz; Anna Paterson
Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Empty houses dot Eastern Europe. Once inhabited by families - Croatian or Italian, Slavic or Jewish, partisan or fascist, capitalist or communist - the houses stand empty now, washed by waves of chaos. Objects of legal suits, objects of desire, these houses can bewitch the unwary. One such empty house in Istria (the mountainous peninsula, formerly of Yugoslavia, on the Adriatic) becomes the obsesssional focus of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Swartz; Anna Paterson
ISBN: 0811215016 9780811215015
OCLC Number: 49011358
Description: 215 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Hus i Istrien.
Responsibility: Richard Swartz ; translated from the Swedish by Anna Paterson.

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"Empty houses dot Eastern Europe. Once inhabited by families - Croatian or Italian, Slavic or Jewish, partisan or fascist, capitalist or communist - the houses stand empty now, washed by waves of chaos. Objects of legal suits, objects of desire, these houses can bewitch the unwary. One such empty house in Istria (the mountainous peninsula, formerly of Yugoslavia, on the Adriatic) becomes the obsesssional focus of Richard Swartz's quirky and original first novel. A House in Istria takes place over just seven blazing hot days and is narrated by the obsessed man's wife. He is from elsewhere; she is a native of Istria. He must have the house: he drags the poor wife into long burlesque conversations with neighbors and lawyers and owners. The out-of-control husband may not speak the language, but he doesn't hesitate to involve his wife in surreal scenes with nearly insane characters. She speaks the local dialect and Italian as well as whatever unspecified language she uses with her husband with equal ease. Since everything the husband knows (and everything the reader knows) must be channeled through her, we enter a world in which nothing is directly intelligible"--BOOK JACKET.

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