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The Carnival Trilogy

Wilson Harris

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ISBN
9780571300372
Date Published
21.02.2013
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Summary

This volume, introduced by the author, brings together three novels first published separately.

‘The trilogy comprises Carnival (1985), The Infinite Rehearsal (1987) and The Four Banks of the River of Space (1990), novels linked by metaphors borrowed from theatre, traditional carnival itself and literary mythology. The characters make Odyssean voyages through time and space, witnessing and re-enacting the calamitous history of mankind, sometimes assuming sacrificial roles in an attempt to save modern civilisation from self-destruction.’ Independent on Sunday

The Four Banks of the River of Space is a kind of quantum Odyssey… in which the association of ideas is not logical but… a ‘magical imponderable dreaming’. The dreamer is Anselm, another of Harris’s alter egos, like Everyman Masters in Carnival and Robin Redbreast Glass in The Infinite Rehearsal… Together, they represent one of the most remarkable fictional achievements in the modern canon.’ Listener

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Sir Wilson Harris was a prize-winning novelist, poet, essayist, and lecturer. Born in 1921 in British Guiana, his father died when he was two and his stepfather disappeared into the rainforests in 1929. He began working as a government surveyor in 1942 and led expeditions into the Amazonian interior for almost 15 years. In 1959 he left for England to…

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