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Compass by [Enard, Mathias]
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Editorial Reviews

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“In this magisterial, exquisitely erudite novel, the insomniac meditations of the bedridden and lovelorn musicologist Franz Ritter take the reader on a vast, crisscrossing perambulation through the rich history of the commingling of Orient and Occident in the 19th and early 20th centuries.”
- The New York Times

“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 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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

“[H]is most far-reaching and accomplished book and one of the finest European novels in recent memory.”
- Adrian Nathan West, Literary Review

“[A] brilliant, elusive, outré love letter to Middle Eastern art and culture.”
- Dustin Illingworth, Los Angeles Review of Books

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.

Product details

  • File Size: 3652 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (March 27, 2018)
  • Publication Date: February 20, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MUI02G0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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