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Mortimer of the Maghreb : stories

Author: Henry Shukman
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"A collection of psychologically complex, often darkly comic stories that take us into the self-made Edens of travelers whose certain paths around the world lead invariably back to the uncertain self. The title story introduces Charles Mortimer, an aging, ailing war reporter determined to reestablish his name by covering a little-noted civil war playing out in the Sahara. In the stories that follow, we see the arc  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shukman, Henry.
Mortimer of the Maghreb.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, ©2006
(OCoLC)607869841
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Shukman
ISBN: 1400043255 9781400043255
OCLC Number: 62679935
Description: 460 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Mortimer of the Maghreb --
Man with golden eagle --
The Garden of God --
Castaway --
Old providence --
Darien dogs.
Responsibility: Henry Shukman.
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"A collection of psychologically complex, often darkly comic stories that take us into the self-made Edens of travelers whose certain paths around the world lead invariably back to the uncertain self. The title story introduces Charles Mortimer, an aging, ailing war reporter determined to reestablish his name by covering a little-noted civil war playing out in the Sahara. In the stories that follow, we see the arc of his life: extraordinary journalistic accomplishment at the very apex of his field; a precipitous, disgraced end to his career; and, finally, a chance discovery of an obituary that revives his memories of the beautiful French photographer who had accompanied him through the Sahara, and whose love he forfeited as the price for his fleeting success. The Caribbean is the deceptively paradisiacal setting for the second cycle of stories. In "Castaway" a globe-trotting businessman?he thinks of his university housing fifteen years earlier as his last real home?finds himself trapped by his own freedom, the "dream he set out to fulfill [having] become grim truth." In "Old Providence" a dissolute artist mourns a lost love and the "bloody perfect island" where, through his own callow foolishness, he lost her. And in "Darien Dogs" a stockbroker who once had everything, now down on his luck in Panama City, takes off in desperation on a surreal quest into "the aboriginal Caribbean" of the San Blas archipelago, a protected environment for the local Cuna Indians but for him a primitive, confounding, hellish maze."--Publisher's description.

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