Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2004
CS ISBN $62.95 Eight cassettes
CD ISBN $80.00/ $17.95(R) Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN $24.95 One MP3-CDs
The setting of this dark novel is an unnamed country in Eastern Europe in 1956. It’s a fictional composite of all the enslaved nations of the period. The primary plot concerns the investigation of a murder. The subplots derive from the psychological baggage that accrues to people who live in such surreal environments. When cruelty is commonplace, the victims become cruel--or the message may be that everyone is a victim. This book poses some difficulties for a narrator. The characters represent various countries and social backgrounds. The atmosphere is so Kafkaesque that joy is unimaginable, and being tortured isn't so different from normal life. Robertson Dean struggles with all this at times but does a creditable job at representing the dark mood while keeping the listener engaged with the plot. R.E.K. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEP 04]
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