From master storyteller J. M. G. Le Clezio: winner of the Nobel
Prize in Literature. "A novel of intense beauty."--Review of
Contemporary Fiction The Prospector is the crowning achievement
from one of France's preeminent novelists and a work rich with
sensuality and haunting resonance. It is the turn of the century on
the island of Mauritius, and young Alexis L'Etang enjoys an idyllic
existence with his parents and beloved sister: sampling the
pleasures of privilege, exploring the constellations and tropical
flora, and dreaming of treasure buried long ago by the legendary
Unknown Corsair. But with his father's death, Alexis must leave his
childhood paradise and enter the harsh world of privation and
shame. Years later, Alexis has become obsessed with the idea of
finding the Corsair's treasure and, through it, the lost magic and
opulence of his youth. He abandons job and family, setting off on a
quest that will take him from remote tropical islands to the hell
of World War I, and from a love affair with the elusive Ouma to a
momentous confrontation with the search that has consumed his life.
By turns harsh and lyrical, pointed and nostalgic, The Prospector
is "a parable of the human condition" (Le Monde) by one of the most
significant literary figures in the world today.
David R. Godine Publisher
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||Verba Mundi (Hardcover)
||216 x 152 x 27mm (L x W x T)
||1st American ed
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