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Dark Diversions: A Traveller's Tale

John Ralston Saul



Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


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In Dark Diversions, acclaimed author John Ralston Saul stages a black comedy of international proportions that takes the reader from New York to Paris to Morocco to Haiti. When he's not encountering dictators in Third World hot spots, Saul's unnamed journalist narrator moves in privileged circles on both sides of the Atlantic, insinuating himself into the lives of well-to-do aristocrats. Through his exploits we experience a fascinating world of secret lovers, exiled princesses, death by veganism, and religious heresies. The emotional fireworks of these inhabitants of the First World are sharply juxtaposed with the political infighting of the dictators and the corruption, double-dealing, and fawning that attend them. But as he becomes further enmeshed in these worlds, the outsider status of the narrator grows more ambiguous: Is he a documentarian of privileged foibles and fundamental inequity, or an embodiment of the very 'dark diversions' he chronicles?

By:   John Ralston Saul
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   Canada
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   408g
ISBN:   9780143183457
ISBN 10:   0143183451
Publication Date:   August 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

[A] lean, caustic and darkly comic yarn. - Toronto Star An ingenious read, Dark Diversions will be a solid end-of-summer choice for a wide and varied audience. - Winnipeg Free Press A delightful novel, invigoratingly wicked. - Le Monde

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