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The Long Silence of Mario Salviati By Etienne van Heerden

The Long Silence of Mario Salviati

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When Ingi Friedlander travels to Tallejare in the dry interior of South Africa to purchase a statue, its eccentric sculptor, Jonty Jack, does not want to sell. Ingi decides to stay to try to win Jonty's trust, and soon she realises that Tallejare is not just a hot sleepy town.

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The Long Silence of Mario Salviati by Etienne van Heerden

When Ingi Friedlander travels to Tallejare in the dry interior of South Africa to purchase a statue, its eccentric sculptor, Jonty Jack, does not want to sell - he says it was not his creation, but appeared one morning as though it had miraculously risen from the ground. As Ingi decides to stay and try to win Jonty's trust, she becomes involved in other quests, as she soon realises that Tallejare is not just a hot, sleepy town, but a world in which stories of love, revenge and greed whirl like dust devils and the past is ever-present. Gradually she realises that the townspeople suspect she has come to seek a different treasure - the legendary wagon of gold brought in by defeated Boer soldiers. But where is it buried? What of the other more macabre cargo that the wagon carried? And what dark secret of the past does deaf and dumb Italian POW, Mario Salviati, have to hide?

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"1 'A compelling story. The sort of book a reader can get lost in... It is a novel washed in history and lingers afterwards like a memory of a place one might have visited' - Mike Nichol 2 'Van Heerden manages his cast of characters with exemplary skill... Reminiscent of ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE, it is variously sardonic, amusing and poignant. [A] wonderful novel' - Daily Mail and Guardian 3 'A delicious read... Intriguing' - Cape Argus 4 On ANCESTRAL VOICES: '[He] combines popular readability with literary excellence and profound issues in a manner accomplished by few writers of any nationality' Mail and Guardian 5 'As one cannot talk about Israel without having read Amos Oz, or India without Salman Rushdie, or South America without Marquez or Llosa, so you'll have to read Van Heerden if you wish to understand South Africa.' - Herman de Coninck

About Etienne van Heerden


After a career as an advocate and then in advertising, Etienne Van Heerden taught at Rhodes University, South Africa, the University of Amsterdam and was Writer in Residence at Utrecht University. He is currently Professor of Literature at the University of Cape Town, and is the author of a collection of short stories and four previous novels, including the multi-prize-winning Ancestral Voices.

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GOR003596638
The Long Silence of Mario Salviati by Etienne van Heerden
Etienne van Heerden
Used - Good
Hardback
Hodder & Stoughton
2002-06-20
448
0340819987
9780340819982
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.