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The People's Act of Love by James Meek
  

The People's Act of Love

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We are very sorry but we have yet to review this book ourselves. However, as it has been selected for the Man Booker 2005 long list, we wanted to give you the opportunity to download an extract and let you make up your own mind. Please watch this space for our view of this potential prize winner.

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Synopsis

The People's Act of Love by James Meek

1919 SIBERIA

In the outer reaches of a country recently torn apart by civil war lives a small Christian sect and its enigmatic leader, Balashov. Stationed nearby is a regiment of Czech soldiers, desperate to get home but on the losing side of the recent conflict. Uncertainty prevails.

Into this isolated community trudges Samarin, an escapee from Russia's northernmost gulag. Immediately apprehended, he is brought for interrogation before Captain Matula, the regiment's megalomaniac commander. But the stranger's arrival has caught the attention of others, including Anna, a beautiful, young war widow. And when the local shaman lies dead, suspicion and terror engulf the little town . . .

James Meek's novel is a breathtaking contemporary fable staged against one of the most remote landscapes on earth. The remarkable cast of characters and Meek's uncanny ability to evoke the period bring to mind the work of the great Russian masters. The People's Act of Love is a magnificent piece of storytelling, an unforgettable novel and a deeply satisfying read.

Reviews

“A quite extraordinary novel … The language is so fresh and crisp and sparkling - and yet never for the sake of showing off. And what a narrative! What a story! There's a majestic disdain for littleness in this book - for littleness of ambition, for narrowness of sympathy, for pettiness of imaginative scope. I admire it enormously.”
Philip Pullman

"The People's Act of Love has a timeless quality; it will be read, referenced, studied and talked about for years to come." Irvine Welsh, The Guardian

"There is marvellous story-telling here, a treasure-house of stories." Allan Massie, The Scotsman

“A big, bold, thrillingly different story told with uncanny authority. Meek understands the horrific power of evil, but he never loses his sense of humour or his affection for those odd moments of grace that keep the human heart alive.”
Michel Faber

About the Author

James Meek

James Meek was born in London in 1962 and grew up in Dundee. We Are Now Beginning Our Descent is his fourth novel. His previous book, The People's Act of Love (2005), won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, the SAC Book of the Year Award, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into more than twenty languages.

He has published two collections of short stories, Last Orders and The Museum Of Doubt, and contributed to the acclaimed Rebel Inc anthologies The Children Of Albion Rovers and The Rovers Return.

He has worked as a journalist since 1985, and his reporting from Iraq and about Guantanamo Bay won a number of British and international awards. In the autumn of 2001 he reported for the Guardian from Afghanistan on the war against the Taliban and the liberation of Kabul.

Photograph © Jo Kane

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Publication date

7th July 2005

Author

James Meek

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Format

Hardback

Categories

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ISBN

9781841956541

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