Land of Marvels
“There is something of E. M. Forster in Unsworth’s knowing depiction of a decaying empire.”—The New Yorker
In this masterful work of historical fiction set during the dying days of the Ottoman Empire, the schemes of Western powers grappling for a foothold in Mesopotamia come vividly to life. English archaeologist John Sommerville begins excavating a historical site, believing he has uncovered a find that will revolutionize his field. But when the Germans threaten his dig with their railroad, he hires an Arab spy, not recognizing the spies dwelling in his own house.
- January 2010
- 5.6 × 8.3 in
/ 287 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.
Endorsements & Reviews
“Deft characterization . . . succeeds in summoning the demons and the angels of Iraq’s present and past.” — Christopher de Bellaigue, New York Times Book Review
“[Unsworth’s] work is as clean as Hemingway’s and as dark as Conrad’s.” — Men's Journal
“Immensely intelligent and entertaining. . . . Its characters are real, its prose is fluid, its sense of place is pervasive, and its ending is exactly right. . . . All in all a lovely, memorable book.” — Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
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