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Author
Andrew Miller.
Publisher Europa Editions  
Format paperback
ISBN 9781609450670
Pages/Publication Date 331/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29506
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(Winner of the 2011 Costa Best Novel and Book of the Year Awards) The author of Ingenious Pain, which won the James Tait Black Prize, as well as Oxygen, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award, Andrew Miller returns with this pungently evocative historical novel of prerevolutionary Paris. Jean-Baptiste Baratte, an engineer of modest origin, arrives in the city in 1785, charged by the King's minister with emptying the overflowing cemetery of Les Innocents, an ancient site whose stench is poisoning the neighborhood's air and water. But before long he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to both his own demise and that of the monarchy. His assignment becomes a year of relentless work, exhuming mummified corpses and listening to the chants of priests, as well as a year of assault and sudden death, of friendship, and of desire and love.

"Every so often a historical novel comes along that is so natural, so far from pastiche, so modern, that it thrills and expands the mind. Pure is one.... Miller's newly minted sentences are arresting, often unsettling and always thought-provoking. Exquisite inside and out, Pure is a near-faultless thing: detailed, symbolic and richly evocative of a time, place and man in dangerous flux. It is brilliance distilled."Telegraph (London)

 
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