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Only the Animals - Ceridwen Dovey


Published: 6th August 2015
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"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. Exquisitely written, playful and poignant, Only the Animals is a remarkable literary achievement by this bright young writer. An animal's-eye view of humans at our brutal, violent worst and our creative, imaginative best, it asks us to find our way back to empathy not only for animals, but for other people, and to believe again in the redemptive power of reading and writing fiction."

An audacious work of the imagination ... An extraordinary series of fabulist tales ... The yarns are funny, tragic, smart, arch, poignant and playful all at once. --Saturday Age Dovey is a natural storyteller ... The author's portrayals of human-animal interactions evoke images of lasting beauty and power. --Australian Book Review A strange and beautiful work ... Each story is self-contained, but each is far richer - in terms of emotional and philosophical resonance - for its proximity to the others. To put it another way: Only the Animals is a perfectly integrated work of art brilliantly disguised as a collection of short stories. --The Monthly We challenge you not to get caught up. --Elle

ISBN: 9781782397175
ISBN-10: 1782397175
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 6th August 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.27