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The Fugitives by Panos Karnezis
  

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In his first novel for five years, Panos Karnezis tells a story of almost elemental directness. The dilemmas faced by his characters are stark in their simplicity, and yet seemingly incapable of resolution. This short novel has profound things to say about faith, justice, progress, and violence.

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The Fugitives by Panos Karnezis

In a remote corner of a Latin American rainforest, Father Thomas, a Catholic priest, comes across a badly wounded soldier and takes him to the Indian village where his church is. The Indians, whose traditional way of life is under threat from squatters, are wary of this latest new arrival. Their way of life is already under threat from outsiders: squatters who are burning the forest to clear land; the group of guerrillas hired to protect the squatters; and the army sent to evict them. Venustiano, the proud young head of the village, is determined to protect his people, but feels powerless against the forces around him - and can trust nobody, not even Father Thomas. But his immediate problem is the bloodthirsty jaguar prowling around the village: for Venustiano is the only Indian with a gun, and he means to use it.


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'It is a gripping and worldly-wise performance from a novelist who is already well-respected but deserves to be better known.' -- Phil Baker Sunday Times

'Snares the memory long after it has been consumed.' -- Caroline Jackson Tablet

'Karnezis'writing has intensity and directness, as he takes on the relationships between humans and their gods.' -- Kate Saunders The Times

'I really enjoyed it. Neatly constructed, subtle commentary and understated hilarity.' -- Lucy Chatburn Book Munch

'The Fugitive is subtly brilliant.' -- Rosita Sweetman Irish Times

About the Author

Panos Karnezis

Panos Karnezis was born in Greece in 1967. He came to England in 1992 to study engineering, and worked in industry before starting to write. He was awarded an MA in Creative Writing by the University of East Anglia. His first book, Little Infamies, was published in 2002. He lives in London.

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Publication date

14th April 2016

Author

Panos Karnezis

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
208 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099597674

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