Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants by Mathias Énard

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Fresh from his Man Booker International nomination for Compass, Mathias Énard returns to the literary world with his new book, Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants (New Directions, $19.95). His new novel is a fictionalized account of Michelangelo, the famed sculptor, and his sojourn in the Turkish city of Constantinople to build a bridge for Sultan Ali Pasha. The novel, though short,  showcases Énard’s trademark intelligence and agility by interposing what to the reader seem to be historical documents and epistolary asides to create a metafictional narrative that centers on what artists go through in the act of creating their art. However, what is truly impressive in this novel is Énard’s capacity to evoke sixteenth-century Constantinople. Reading Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants gives the reader a sense of place that few writers can match.

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By Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811227049
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - November 27th, 2018

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