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The Love Songs of Nathan J. Swirsky [Paperback]

Christopher Hope

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April 1 2010
To a time-locked Johannesburg suburb comes Nathan J. Swirsky to open his pharmacy. With his stories of exotic places and his gleaming bottles and jars, the local children think of him as a magician. But the adults smell trouble. It is the early fifties in Badminton, Johannesburg, where all the street-names recall British kings and queens and where retired soldiers relive the desert war in their dusty gardens. This small-town dreamscape erupts with the arrival of Nathan J. Swirsky, a pink volcano with an extravagant moustache; a magical pharmacist who speaks of exotic travels to faraway, forbidden places. In alarm and delight, the children of Badminton observe his unlikely resurrection...

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (April 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184887166X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848871663
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g

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"'A jewel box of a novel... exquisite.' Observer 'Hope finds in the post-War confusion of South Africa a mine of comic possibility... throughout this bright, fresh comedy, politics lurk in the shadows.' The Times 'Brilliance and charm... This is a wonderfully funny book.' Financial Times 'Touching and amusing... told without a wasted word.' Mail on Sunday"

About the Author

Christopher Hope was born in Johannesburg in 1944. He is the author of nine novels and one collection of short stories, including Kruger's Alp, which won the Whitbread Prize for Fiction, Serenity House, which was shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize; and My Mother's Lovers, published by Atlantic Books in 2006 to great acclaim. He is also a poet and playwright and author of the acclaimed memoir White Boy Running (1988).

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