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Compass by [Enard, Mathias]
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“Comparisons of Compass with The Thousand and One Nights and with Proust (and Ritter thinks about both) are not only inevitable, but necessary.”
- Frank Richardson, Numero Cinq

“He writes passionately, with a boundless faith that the accumulated wisdom of centuries of learning, art, music, and philosophy on all sides of the Mediterranean zone will prevail over the desiccated vision of Islamists and ethno-nationalists of all stripes.”
- Jesse McCarthy, The Nation

“Richly written, baroquely observant, and so terrifyingly erudite in its dizzying display of knowledge that some readers might be overwhelmed, this propulsive work explores the meaning of the Orient and the Orientalist impulse in the West...”
- Library Journal

“Mr. Énard fuses recollection and scholarly digression into a swirling, hypnotic stream-of-consciousness narration. [...] So this sad yet invigorating novel is both a love letter to a vanishing discipline and an elegy. Franz’s mental circumnavigations constitute a celebration of the civilizing power of knowledge and 'the beauty of sharing and diversity.'”
- Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

“Énard’s prose, which tends to pile descriptive clauses ever higher on top of one another... can be mesmerizing. But it’s the larger project of his writing that bears particular consideration: in his fiction, Énard is constructing an intricate, history-rich vision of a persistently misunderstood part of the world.”
- The New Yorker

“A fever-dream meditation on East and West and a lost love that binds the two worlds... Lyrical and intellectually rich without ever being ponderous, reminiscent at turns of Mann's Death in Venice and Bowles' Sheltering Sky.”
- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Compass, in its relentlessly discursive impressiveness, embodies an uncompromising vision of the novel as relatively static political and cultural essay.”
- The Guardian

“Mathias Énard is the most brazen French writer since Houellebecq.”
- New Statesman

“Énard has written a masterful novel...”
- The Washington Post

“For all its sandstorm of scholarship, translated with tireless eloquence by Charlotte Mandell, Compass aches with that simple yearning. 'Only love' of a person or a culture, thinks Franz under the stars of Syria, 'opens us up to the other.'”
- The Economist

“In a time of fear and loathing, Énard’s magnum opus points us toward the reality behind so many myths of the Orient.”
- New Republic

Compass is as challenging, brilliant, and―God help me―important a novel as is likely to be published this year.”
- Justin Taylor, The Los Angeles Times

Compass is poetic, ironic, irresistible.”
- Jane Ciabattari, BBC

“A novelist like Énard feels particularly necessary right now, though to say this may actually be to undersell his work. He is not a polemicist but an artist, one whose novels will always have something to say to us.”
- Christopher Beha, Harper's Magazine

“This astonishing, encyclopedic, and otherwise outré meditation by Énard on the cultural intersection of East and West takes the form of an insomniac’s obsessive imaginings―dreams, memories, and desires―which come to embody the content of a life, or perhaps several.... [An] opium addict’s dream of a novel.”
- Publishers Weekly

“Mathias Énard has found a way to restore death to life and life to death, and so joins the first rank of novelists, the bringers of fire, who even as they can’t go on, do.”
- Garth Risk Hallberg, The Millions

Compass is a novel about many things. At its surface it is about the pull of unmet dreams and ambitions. The falsities of love. But at the crux of this examination of a human life is the fabric of cultures intersecting―and in the truth that the pathos of grief exempts no one.”
- Yasmin Roshanian, EuropeNow

About the Author

Mathias Énard is the award-winning author of Zone and Street of Thieves, and a translator from Persian and Arabic. He won the Prix Goncourt in 2015 for Compass.

Charlotte Mandell has translated works by a number of important French authors, including Proust, Flaubert, Genet, Maupassant, and Blanchot.

Product details

  • File Size: 3652 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (March 28, 2017)
  • Publication Date: March 28, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MUI02G0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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