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Banks, Russell. THE DARLING. London, England: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 394 pages. As New/As New.

The author's "Africa" novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The British Edition is vastly superior to the American in terms of production values. "A portrayal of personal and political turmoil in West Africa. The darling of the title is narrator Hannah Musgrave, a privileged child of the turbulent 1960's and 1970's, who now, at 59, reflects on her life. After participating in free-wheeling sexual experimentation and radical politics, Hannah is wanted by the FBI for her involvement in the Weather Underground. Under an assumed name, she flees to Africa, traveling first to Ghana, then Liberia, where in 1976, she meets and marries Woodrow Sundiata, a government official. Taking on another identity, that of foreign wife and eventually mother to three sons, Hannah finds herself increasingly involved with the highest members of Liberia's government as Woodrow's political star rises. She also finds purpose in establishing a sanctuary for endangered chimpanzees. When Liberia explodes into civil war, Hannah's life and the lives of her family are in danger. Readers will be stunned by the gut-wrenching (and often foolish) decisions she makes and by the horrifying outcome of her association with key figures such as Liberian President Samuel Doe and insurgent Charles Taylor. An articulate and keenly observant narrator, Hannah explains Liberia's history as smoothly as she reflects on tribal practices, the fate of chimpanzees, and her own misguided-ness. She is conflicted, selfish, and often naive despite her wide experience. She emerges as a fascinating figure, striking universal chords in her search for identity and home, though her life may ultimately be a study in futility. A rich and complex look at the searing connections between the personal and the political, this is one of Banks' most powerful novels yet" (Publishers Weekly). A "must-have" title for Russell Banks collectors. This is an Import title, was not distributed in the United States, and is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the First British Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the finest living writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RUSSELL BANKS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0747574006. $30.00

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