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Voyage of the Short Serpent

The Voyage of the Short Serpent

Bernard du Boucheron

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-920-1
Trim Size: 5 3/8 X 8
Cloth
Overlook
1/10/2008

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Translated from the French by Hester Velmans

Years ago, a group left Europe to start a colony in Iceland, the northernmost part of the world, as they called it a frozen, desolate place where it is difficult to survive. They called the place New Thule. But as the years wear on, communication between New Thule and the people back home has become less and less frequent, until finally it stops altogether. They fear that the people of New Thule have gone native or, worse yet, gone pagan. A cardinal orders an evangelical mission in order to see what has become of the people, and to revive their faith.

The ship, built especially for this journey, is called The Short Serpent, and at its helm is an abbot named Montanus. Across an ocean of hard and motionless ice under an indifferent sky, The Short Serpent carries its crew toward a horror that no one could conceive. The children of New Thule have taken on a truly primitive life, wandering on the ice in the search of seal meat, of mounds of peat, and of other warm bodies with which to copulate. Slowly, the crew of The Short Serpent begin to succumb to the filth and depraved excesses of New Thule.

Told in an elegant, compulsive, and increasingly unhinged style, Bernard du Boucheron s The Voyage of the Short Serpent is a masterpiece about mutable human morality in inhuman conditions a story about truth, obsession, and the myth of utopia.

Praise for The Voyage of the Short Serpent
"Tackling the gruesome and the grotesque with gleeful abandon,The Voyage of the Short Serpent is an eccentric, slightly maddened and often brutally funny tale of a colony of Roman Catholics marooned in medieval Greenland by the encroachement of a new ice age." -New York Times Book Review

"A spare, cunningly ironic novel set in the wilds of medieval Iceland Sparse, rawboned and fascinating. - Kirkus Reviews

A novel of staggering originality Du Boucheron peoples his story with wonderfully imaginative characters. You have to be tone deaf not to catch the explosive jubilation in the writing." Robert Littell, author of The Company

Bernard du Boucheron was born in 1928 in Paris. A major figure in French and international industry, du Boucheron won the Grand Prix du Roman de l Acad mie Franciase for The Voyage of the Short Serpent.

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