The Great Fire - Shirley Hazzard

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In 1947 Japan, Aldred Leith is writing about the atrocities. The fire in the title might refer to Hiroshima, or to the love story between Leith and Helen Driscoll, a “changeling" who seems out of reach because of her age and circumstances.  In the rooms where Helen reads to her dying brother Benedict a friendship blossoms, full of books and deep conversation.  But the aftermath of war and Benedict's illness remind us that things must go on, even after death.  The mundane survives even (and particularly) after the momentous has passed. The writing in this exquisite novel is spare and poetic, still and distilled, with incidental sentences that stop you in your tracks.

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ISBN: 9780312423582
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Published: Picador - July 1st, 2004