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American Affairs

Pratt, John Clark

Editore: Ghost Road Press, 2010
ISBN 10: 0982504357 / ISBN 13: 9780982504352
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Titolo: American Affairs

Casa editrice: Ghost Road Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2010

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Riassunto: "I wonder how long it will be before someone misses me, and I try to remember if I have any appointments this week. I don't think so. Then I wonder if Teresa or my landlady would sense something wrong if I didn't answer the telephone. I doubt that, too. Then I begin to hope that perhaps Quick has really "put someone on me," and I remember telling Casey that Quick saw all. But I know that no one really does, except perhaps God, so I pray a little. I imagine myself as the condemned man with his life flashing, but I do not know what I have been condemned for - or by whom." While scenes of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq dominate today's news, this elegant novel provides an insight into an earlier attempt by America to install a democracy in a formerly totalitarian state that is undergoing a revolution. Sectarian violence, language problems, CIA and State Department goofs all contribute to the occasionally lovely but ultimately sad experiences of a well-meaning American professor who becomes intimately and tragically involved with a lovely woman and the deteriorating political scene. "John Clark Pratt wrote one of the truly great Vietnam War novels, The Laotian Fragments, and now he has written a comparably great novel that resonates strongly into our present unsettled times. American Affairs is worldly wise and richly moody and absolutely compelling reading. Pratt is a worthy descendant of Graham Greene." --ROBERT OLEN BUTLER, novelist and Pulitzer Prizewinner. "American Affairs is superb. It is a timeless tale of love and upheaval with tragic results. Having been an American Foreign Service Officer in Portugal, I can attest that John Pratt's graceful novel of the last Cold War struggle captures a poignant vignette of this century." --CRESCENCIO ARCOS, former US Ambassador and Regional Vice-President of International Affairs to South America.

L'autore: Before joining Colorado State University in 1974 as English Department Chairman, John Pratt was a jet instructor pilot and Professor of English as the USAF Academy. He served in Vietnam (1969-70). He has written or edited 18 books, including John Steinbeck: A Critical Essay, a novel The Laotian Fragments, two Viking Critical editions: Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Graham Green's The Quiet American and the collage Vietnam Voices. On a Fulbright fellowship to Portugal in 1974-75, he witnessed the events that gave rise to this novel. He was also awarded a Fulbright fellowship to the then Soviet Union in 1980, and in 1988 he started one of the first on-demand publishing companies, producing five books before closing it up. He has received numerous awards from Colorado State University and was given the Excellence in the Arts award in 1995 by the Vietnam Veterans of America. John retired from CSU in 2002 and continues to write prose and poetry.

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