Before the Feast (Paperback)

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By Sasa Stanisic, Anthea Bell (Translator)
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This novel takes place in a town that can only be described as "curmudgeonly." Its host of characters ranges in both age and species. Over the course of an evening the sleepy town descends into chaos. Full of a distinctively Eastern European brand of magical realism, this is an enchanting fireside tale.

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It's the night before the feast in the village of Fu]rstenfelde (population: an odd number). The village is asleep. Except for the ferryman--he's dead. And Mrs. Kranz, the night-blind painter, who wants to depict her village for the first time at night. A bell-ringer and his apprentice want to ring the bells--the only problem is that the bells have gone. A vixen is looking for eggs for her young, and Mr. Schramm is discovering more reasons to quit life than to quit smoking.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781941040393
ISBN-10: 194104039X
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication Date: June 14th, 2016
Pages: 316
Language: English