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A Coin In Nine Hands Marguerite Yourcenar

A Coin In Nine Hands

Marguerite Yourcenar

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ISBN : 9780374519537
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184 pages
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During the space of a day in Rome in 1933, a ten-lira coin passes through the hands of nine people-including an aging artist, a prostitute, and a would-be assassin of Mussolini. The coin becomes the symbol of contact between human beings, each lostMoreDuring the space of a day in Rome in 1933, a ten-lira coin passes through the hands of nine people-including an aging artist, a prostitute, and a would-be assassin of Mussolini. The coin becomes the symbol of contact between human beings, each lost in private passions and nearly impenetrable solitude.A Coin in Nine Hands has . . . passages that move close to poetry and a story that belongs in both literature and history.-Doris Grumbach, Los Angeles Times Book ReviewWhat lingers at the end of A Coin in Nine Hands is the shadowiness and puppetlike vagueness of the Dictator, and the compelling specificity of the so-called common people revolving all around him.-Anne Tyler, The New RepublicWithin a few pages we have met half the major characters in this haunting, brilliantly constructed novel. . . . The studied perfection, the structural intricacy and brevity remind one of Camus. Yet by comparison, Yourcenars prose is lavish, emotional and imagistic.-Cynthia King, Houston PostTranscends its specific time and place to become a portrait of vividly delineated characters caught in the vise of a tragically familiar political situation.-Publishers WeeklyBest known as the author of Memoirs of Hadrian and The Abyss, Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-87) achieved countless literary honors and was the first woman ever elected to the Académie Française.