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Riassunto: Fencing is not a game but a science. The outcome is invariably the same: triumph or disaster, life or death...It is 1868; Spain teeters on the brink of revolution. Jaime Astarloa is a master-fencer of the old school, priding himself on the precision, dignity and honour of his ancient art; his friends spend their days in cafes discussing plots at court, but Jaime's obsession is to perfect the irresistible sword thrust. Then Adela de Otero, violet-eyed and enigmatic, appears at his door. When Jaime takes her on as a pupil he finds himself embroiled in dark political intrigues against which his old-fashioned values are no protection.
Review: In The Club Dumas, Arturo Pérez-Reverte explored the labyrinthine world of antiquarian book dealers, spicing his tale of mystery and murder with characters straight out of Paradise Lost and The Three Musketeers. Next came The Flanders Panel, a brilliant puzzle comprised of art, chess, and untimely death whose resolution lies in a painting by a Flemish master. In The Seville Communion, Pérez-Reverte turned his sights on the tangled politics of the Roman Catholic Church as an appropriate backdrop--for murder. In his fourth novel translated into English, the Spanish writer changes centuries (if not his focus on homicide), returning to the mid-1800s to follow the exploits of Don Jaime Astarloa, the eponymous fencing master.
The year is 1866 and revolution is brewing in Spain. The corrupt Bourbon queen, Isabella II, is slowly losing her grip on power as equally corrupt exiled politicians vie to be her successor in a new republic. Against this background of political upheaval, Don Jaime goes about his business, teaching a dying art to a dwindling number of students. This is a man who resists changing times; to a friend he explains, "I have spent my whole life trying to preserve a certain idea of myself, and that is all. You have to cling to a set of values that do not depreciate with time. Everything else is the fashion of the moment, fleeting, mutable. In a word, nonsense." But then Adela de Otero--a woman with a mysterious past and an amazing talent for swordplay--comes into his life, and Don Jaime's world is turned upside down. As always, Pérez-Reverte offers literary excellence, a thumping good mystery, and fascinating insight into an arcane practice, in this case, fencing. Though the 19th-century politics in the book may resonate more with a Spanish audience than with English readers, the moral at the heart of The Fencing Master is universal: "to be honest, or at least honorable--anything, indeed, that has its roots in the word honor." In this, Don Jaime and Arturo Pérez-Reverte both succeed. --Alix Wilber
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Descrizione libro The Harvill Press 26/03/1999, 1999. Condizione libro: used-good. Will be shipped promptly from UK warehouse. Book is in good condition with no missing pages, no damage or soiling and tight spine. There may be some dog-eared pages showing previous use but overall a great book. Codice libro della libreria 9053-9781860464546
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Descrizione libro Harvill Pr. Hardcover. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Codice libro della libreria 2655086995
Descrizione libro The Harvill Press, London, 1999. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. First Edition. Not price clipped and without inscriptions. First UK Printing in protected wrapper. Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa. Codice libro della libreria 17631
Descrizione libro The Harvill Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: As New. Condizione sovraccoperta: As New. 1st Edition. Immaculate first UK edition. Codice libro della libreria 2388
Descrizione libro Harvill, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. 1st Edition........ UK hardback first impression. Fine in fine jacket. Harvill Press 1999. Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng. Book. Codice libro della libreria 13207128757
Descrizione libro Harcourt Brace and Company,, New York, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. First U.S Edition. Near Fine. ISBN:0-15-100181-2. First American edition, hardcover. 245 pages. Tail of spine lightly bumped, else fine, in a fine dust jacket. Mylar cover on jacket. First printing in America of the English translation of this best-selling Spanish author's first novel. Historical mystery by the author of THE CLUB DUMAS. Codice libro della libreria 001197