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By Hugo Wilcken

From the writer of the existential mystery ‘The Execution’ comes ‘Colony’, a unique set in French Guiana because the age of Empire attracts to a detailed and anarchy beckons. The yr is 1928. Sabir – petty legal, drifter, conflict veteran – is on a jail send certain for a infamous penal colony within the French tropics. quickly after his arrival within the bagne, as it's identified, Sabir is sent out to a piece camp deep within the South American jungle yet fast involves the realisation that his previous existence is useless, and go back to France an impossibility. but, if he's to outlive in any respect, he needs to get away the brutality of the bagne. Posing as a certified gardener, Sabir wins the boldness and defense of the camp's naïve, idealistic Commandant. With a gaggle of like-minded convicts – together with the secretive, enigmatic Edouard, a comrade from the trenches of WW1 – he quickly launches his break out bid, around the seas in a stolen boat. undesirable climate forces the boys ashore, condemning them to a depressing, hallucinatory tramp in the course of the jungle. As starvation and contention tear the crowd aside, Sabir knows he has scant probability of escaping into one other existence. partially , Manne – deserter, itinerant exile – involves the Colony looking for his deported good friend, a similar Edouard from half One. With a fake id and canopy tale, Manne installs himself as a visitor on the Commandant's condominium. There, he falls into an affair along with his host's spouse. in the meantime, the Commandant is slowly unravelling, transforming into ever extra suspicious of who Manne is and what he's doing within the Colony. Manne finally ends up trapped like everybody else within the bagne, and realises that he too needs to break out. The novel's plot threads start to merge – barriers among dream and fact blur, bringing a surreal tinge to the dramatic climax. either a page-turning event tale, and a daring novel of principles, Colony takes an ancient historical past accepted to readers of Henri Charrière's ‘Papillon’, and twists it right into a metaphysical trip. Brilliantly evoking an environment of colonial decline within the tropics, the radical explores the moving natures of id, reminiscence and truth.

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151 S. o. S. 29. L. ] 238. ] 238 Anm. 4 spricht von den termini idillici“ des Gedichts. Zur ” Verwendung des Begriffs in der antiken Literaturkritik vgl. M. Fantuzzi, DNP s. v. Eidyllion. ¨ 152 Vgl. den Uberblick in DNP s. v. Bukolik; B. Effe/G. Binder: Antike Hirtendichtung. D¨ usseldorf 2001. ] 7 ff. 32 Einleitung den Anf¨ angen bis in die Sp¨ atantike deutlich gewandelt. W¨ahrend in archaischer und klassischer Zeit stets der Mensch im Vordergund stand und Naturschilderungen wie die der Grotte der Kalypso (Hom.

1049. 149 Vgl. RE V A [1914] 698–702; unsicherer Werktitel Chorographia. 150 Ordo urbium nobilium, verfaßt allerdings wohl erst nach seiner R¨ uckkehr nach Bordeaux. Zur Chronologie vgl. ] 16–18. ] 735. Vgl. auch zu V. 31 und unten S. 33 (Landschaftsbeschreibung). 151 S. o. S. 29. L. ] 238. ] 238 Anm. 4 spricht von den termini idillici“ des Gedichts. Zur ” Verwendung des Begriffs in der antiken Literaturkritik vgl. M. Fantuzzi, DNP s. v. Eidyllion. ¨ 152 Vgl. den Uberblick in DNP s. v. Bukolik; B.

S. 22): Der Leser befindet sich eingangs auf der Heerstraße durch den Hunsr¨ uck, dann steht er auf einer Anh¨ ohe u ¨ber dem Moseltal, der Hymnus ab V. 23 reflektiert die optischen Eindr¨ ucke unmittelbar vom Flußufer aus; ¨ahnlich V. 196–199. 166 Einbezogen in diese Spannung sind auch die typologischen Denkformen, die in der Mosella auftreten: Valentinian erschließt als neuer Alexander bislang unbekannte Regionen (V. 424) und sichert den Rhein als verus limes in Erf¨ ullung Vergilischer Prophetie (V.

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