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A Novel by Robert Allen
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A deep and serious look at the interlocked lives of a dozen characters, chiefly that of Robert Weary, a man born to wealth and power who nonetheless takes part in a hapless attempt on the life of American ex-president Richard Nixon, fatally deflecting his own life and that of his friends and family. Napoleons Retreat is not just the stories of these people and their times, however. It is a collage of narratives, combining in the end to show that our knowing of a thing cannot come without being bent out of all recognition by the act of knowing and perhaps more importantly by the mythopoeic power of language itself.
More a charge than a retreat...lively and unquestionably gifted prose.
The Globe and Mail
...a work of sustained, unrelenting, unmercifully protracted brilliance.
The Montreal Gazette
...the story of the ultimate failure of artfulness ... before the bittersweet finitude of our merely human nature....
Author Robert Allen
British born and raised in England, Canada, and the United States, Robert Allen is the author of a number of books of poetry and fiction, including Magellan's Clouds, The Indigo Hotel, Wintergarden, The Hawryliw Process, Blues & Ballads, A June Night in the Late Cenozoic, and Napoleon's Retreat.
Napoleons Retreat, Robert Allen , 312 pp., 5 3/8 x 8, Novel, December, 1997
ISBN: 978-0-919688-35-3 (paper) . . . $19.95
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