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Schopenhauer’s Telescope

A Novel

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May 11, 2004 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8, 320 Pages | ISBN 9781582433103
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"Schopenhauer's Telescope is an international novel, a new myth for our ages. Gerard Donovan is a timely, inventive, and welcome new voice." —Colum McCann, author of TransAtlantic

In an unnamed European village, in the middle of a civil war, one man digs while another watches over him. Slowly, they begin to talk. Over the course of the afternoon, as the snow falls and truckloads of villagers are corralled in the next field, we discover why they are there — not just who they are but also how sinister events in the country have led them to be separated by a deepening grave, and why the history of civilization is inseparable from the history of mass violence. Beautifully written, with a poet’s eye for detail coupled with a chilling and compelling narrative drive, this is current in the best sense — no thin allegory of today’s conflicts, but a remarkable attempt to make art out of the brutality of life.

GERALD DONOVAN was born in Ireland and has lived in Germany and New York. His award-winning poetry has been widely published. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and the University of Arkansas Writing Program, he teaches English at Southampton College of Long Island University and lives in Calverton, New York. This is his first novel.

Praise

“A self-reflexive commentary on war and violence, Donovan’s first novel is sophisticated and innovative… Donovan lets this novel get away from him, but he is an inventive and thoughtful writer…” —Publishers Weekly

Schopenhauer’s Telescope is an international novel, a new myth for our ages. Gerard Donovan is a timely, inventive, and welcome new voice.” —Colum McCann, author of TransAtlantic

“Have you read All Quiet on the Western Front lately? You should. Then read Schopenhauer’s Telescope. They are in the same league.” —Roger Rosenblatt, author of Beet: A Novel

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