The year is 1928, and Sabir--petty criminal, drifter, war veteran--is on a prison ship, bound for a notorious penal settlement in the French tropics. On his arrival, he is sent out to a work camp deep in the South American rain forest. There, he wins the confidence of the camp's idealistic commandant, who sets him the task of carving a landscaped garden out of the surrounding wilderness. At the same time, Sabir plans his getaway with a band of like-minded convicts, through the jungle and across the ocean on a stolen boat. His only hope, he realizes, is to become someone else entirely. Evoking an atmosphere of colonial decay, the novel explores the ever-shifting boundaries between identity, memory, and reality.
|Paperback Book, 353 pages||English|
|HarperCollins UK (Apr. 1st, 2009)||Unknown|
|9780007106486||5.00 x 7.60 x 0.90 inches|
|General Historical Fiction|