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Dark diversions : a traveller's tale

Author: John Ralston Saul
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Penguin, 2013. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Dark Diversions acclaimed author John Ralston Saul stages a black comedy of international proportions that takes the reader from New York to Paris to Morocco to Haiti in the 1980s and 1990s. When hes not encountering dictators in Third World hot spots, Sauls narrator moves in privileged circles on both sides of the Atlantic, insinuating himself into the lives of well-to-do aristocrats. Through his exploits we  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Named Person: John Ralston Saul
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Ralston Saul
ISBN: 9780143183457 0143183451
OCLC Number: 903422655
Notes: "First published in English in Viking hardcover by Penguin Canada, 2012. Previously published in France as De si bons Américains"--Title page verso.
Original title: Some good Americans.
Description: 321 pages ; 22 cm.
Other Titles: Some good Americans
Responsibility: John Ralston Saul.

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In Dark Diversions acclaimed author John Ralston Saul stages a black comedy of international proportions that takes the reader from New York to Paris to Morocco to Haiti in the 1980s and 1990s. When hes not encountering dictators in Third World hot spots, Sauls narrator moves in privileged circles on both sides of the Atlantic, insinuating himself into the lives of well-to-do aristocrats. Through his exploits we experience a fascinating world of secret lovers, exiled princesses, death by veganism, and religious heresies. The emotional fireworks of these inhabitants of the First World are sharply juxtaposed with the political infighting of the dictators and the corruption, double-dealing, and fawning that attend them. But as he becomes further enmeshed in these worlds, his outsider status grows more ambiguous: Is he a documentarian of privileged foibles and fundamental inequity, or an embodiment of the very dark diversions he chronicles?

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