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Gold : The Marvellous History of General John Augustus Sutter - Blaise Cendrars


The Marvellous History of General John Augustus Sutter

Paperback Published: 15th October 2003
ISBN: 9780720611755
Number Of Pages: 128

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Blaise Cendrars's 1924 novel is a work of breathless pace, fantastic humor, and soaring invention. Gold is based on the true story of the bankrupt Swiss paper-maker who abandoned his family and made his way to America to seek his fortune. He acquired a huge tract of land out west over which he held sway and was on the point of becoming "the richest man in the world" when in 1848 the discovery of gold on his land and the ensuing Gold Rush brought disaster. A Peter Owen Modern Classic.

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'Cendrars winds the history of Europe, the Spanish Empire and the United States around his hero like a cloak of flames that throw a light on a terrifying history... The brevity of GOLD is deceptive; its language is the work of a poet who can conjure up the world and its bewildering people in a paragraph.' - NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW 'No-one could be better suited to tell Sutter's story than his fellow-countryman and adventurer Blaise Cendrars, whose jeweller's eye was finely focused on all that glisters. The startling incongruity of the mock-naive tone in which Cendrars recounts this long, cruel joke is supremely effective. First published in 1925 or four years before rags-to-riches stories became commonplace, Cendrars' first novel remains a minor masterpiece.' - TLS 'A supreme work of fiction.' - GUARDIAN 'Wise, weird and poignant... a wonderful modernist fable.' - NEWSWEEK

ISBN: 9780720611755
ISBN-10: 072061175X
Series: Peter Owen Modern Classic
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 15th October 2003
Publisher: Peter Owen Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.6 x 12.3  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.1
Edition Type: New edition

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