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Land of Marvels free pdf In 1914, an English archaeologist called Somerville is fulfilling a lifelong dream: to direct an excavation in the desert of Mesopotamia. Yet forces beyond his control threaten his work. The Great War is looming, and various interest groups - Turkish, German, English and American - are vying for control over the land and its strategic and economic prizes. The Germans are securing trade routes with a new railway- a major in the Royal Engineers is working undercover, secretly mapping for the British the areas rich in oil- the Bedouin Jehar takes what he can from his new paymasters. The greatest idealist is Somerville, whose intention is to discover and preserve the land's ancient treasures. As he weaves these stories together in a powerful narrative, Unsworth provides a brilliant commentary on imperial ambition in the Middle East, and an acute historical perspective on the land that became modern Iraq.

About Barry Unsworth

Barry Unsworth was born in 1930 in Durham, and now lives in Italy. He is the author of many novels, including Pascali's Island, which was shortlisted for the 1980 Booker Prize- Stone Virgin (1985)- Sacred Hunger, which was joint winner of the 1992 Booker Prize- Morality Play, which was shortlisted for the 1995 Booker Prize, Losing Nelson (1999)- The Songs of the Kings (2002) and The Ruby in Her Navel (2006).

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Author : Barry Unsworth
Publisher : Hutchinson
Data Published : 01 January 2009
ISBN : 0091926173
EAN : 9780091926175
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 304 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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