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Deception, Michael Meehan

Label
Deception
Title
Deception
Statement of responsibility
Michael Meehan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From the blood-soaked streets of 1870 siege of Paris, to the student riots of the 1960s, from a barren, windswept Australian desert landscape to the appalling penal colonies of 19th century New Caledonia, Deception tells an epic, dramatic and sweeping story. It is a novel about history and memory, and how the passage of time means that fiction is the only reliable historical record because it takes in all aspects of experience - not just dry facts, but all possible shades of meaning. Fiction imagines all in relationship to the present, and emotionally relates the present to the past - each aspect breathing life into the other. The story is told though the experiences of Nick, a young Australian student in Paris in search of lost memories. His great-great grandfather was a Communard, deported to Noumea in the 1870's for his role in the siege of Paris. Nick's only connection to his ancestor is his great grandmother Agnes' patchy memories, and a mysterious old manuscript written in French. From the blood-soaked streets of 1870 siege of Paris, to the student riots of the 1960s, from a barren, windswept Australian desert landscape to the appalling penal colonies of 19th Century New Caledonia, Deception tells an epic, dramatic and sweeping story. It is a novel about history and memory, and how the passage of time means that fiction is the only reliable historical record because it takes in all aspects of experience - not just dry facts, but all possible shades of meaning. Fiction imagines all in relationship to the present, and emotionally relates the present to the past - each aspect breathing life into the other. The story is told though the experiences of Nick, a young Australian student in Paris in search of lost memories. His great-great grandfather was a Communard, deported to Noumea in the 1870s for his role in the siege of Paris. Nick's only connection to his ancestor is his great grandmother Agnes' patchy memories, and a mysterious old manuscript written in French. meet Agnes' sisters - principally Colette, the eldest and sharpest of the trio of which one is dotty, the other too ill to speak. Only Colette can answer his questions. Slowly, fragments are collected and recollected, till the entire story is unearthed, but not without the pain that seems to cling to the bad memories, disinterred from the dark silence of a half-forgotten past. This is a beautifully written, evocative historical novel in the ambitious tradition of such classics of the genre as Possession and Perfume."--Provided by publisher
Summary
A young Australian man arrives in riot-ravaged Paris, armed with an old manuscript written in French and an obsessive desire to piece together the fragments of a mystery that has haunted him since childhood. His journey takes him back and forth in time, over the ruins of desert and city, and through the veils and mirages of history and memory. From Paris to the desolate, windswept Australian desert to the appalling dank prisons of 19th-century New Caledonia, this is an epic story of a search for truth, spanning continents and generations--Product description
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
377426
Cataloging source
ANL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Meehan, Michael
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Historical fiction, French
  • Sagas
  • Historical fiction
  • Australian fiction
  • Historical fiction, Australian
  • Manuscripts
  • Secrets
  • Families
  • Paris
Target audience
adult
Label
Deception, Michael Meehan
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000043114994
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
284 p.
Isbn
9781741754582
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)245533246
Label
Deception, Michael Meehan
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000043114994
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
284 p.
Isbn
9781741754582
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)245533246

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