The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios. Short Fiction

Author(s): Yann Martel

Hardback fiction

Revised and with a new author's note and cover, here is Man Booker Prize-winning author Yann Martel's debut. First published in 1993, this remarkable collection of four stories launched the career of a masterful writer. In the exquisite title novella, a young man dying of AIDS joins his friend in fashioning a story of the Roccamatio family of Helsinki, set against the yearly march of the twentieth century, whose horrors and miracles their story echoes. In "The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American Composer John Morton," a Canadian university student visits Washington, DC and experiences the Vietnam War and its aftermath through an intense musical encounter. "Manners of Dying" has variations of a warden's letter to the mother of a son he has just executed, revealing how each life is contained in its end. Finally, in "The Vita Aeterna Mirror Company,"a young man discovers a strange contraption in his grandmother's basement. As the machine runs, she reflects upon her beloved husband.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780151010905
  • : Harcourt Inc
  • : Harcourt Inc
  • : January 2004
  • : .875 Inches X 5.31 Inches X 8 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Yann Martel
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 224