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These Are the Names by Tommy Wieringa

These Are the Names

These Are the Names by Tommy Wieringa
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“A quasi-mythic novel…[These Are the Names] possesses a symbolic sweep that recalls J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians…Wieringa reminds us that the refugees’ desire to find a safe, nurturing place to call home doesn’t make them unspeakably alien. It makes them just like us.”—John Powers, NPR’s Fresh Air

“Part fable, part murder mystery… this touching novel insistently affirms the values of civilization above tribalism and fear.”—The Wall Street Journal

“A haunting tale about migration, about faith, and about new beginnings.”—Alex Kotlowitz

“Lyrical…With the meticulous brushwork of small colourful phrases…this Dutch master vividly brings to life a world resonating with symbolism, metaphor and myth.”—1843 (The Economist)

“A quiet masterpiece. Combines the primal, raw, archetypal vision of José Saramago with the apocalyptic sweep of Cormac McCarthy…Wieringa’s prose is lucid as cut glass, his images stark, his landscape desolate and otherworldly at the same time that it is contemporary. His unalloyed depiction of emigration will reverberate keenly in a Europe facing ever growing numbers of exiles, evacuees, escapees of war. It will reverberate, as well, in a United States muddled by its own border policies…A magnum opus from a leading young writer takes on the meaning of exile, identity, faith, and the limits of endurance.” —Kirkus (starred)

“Masterful (and eerie) storytelling. These Are the Names balances the mundane and the mysterious between two seemingly inharmonious stories—the famine-swept journey of a pack of wanderers trekking thought the Eurasian wilderness and a solitary policeman’s investigation into the death of a rabbi—without ever striking a discordant note.” —Jewish Book Council

“This probing novel from one of the Netherlands’ best-selling authors tackles head-on the knotted complex of issues surrounding the resettlement of refugees…Wieringa’s prose is lyrical…He executes his story with great poise and, above all, an unmistakable sense of humanity.”—World Literature Today

“Wieringa’s novel offers two searing portrayals of transformation on the unforgiving Eurasian Steppe…Biblical symbolism and themes of wandering, suffering, and redemption pervade the novel. There are echoes of John Steinbeck’s intrepid dust bowl survivors, the voyeuristic allure of Franz Kafka’s ‘The Hunger Artist,’ and the quiet nihilism and documentary detail of British novelist Jim Crace. Wieringa…strips lives bare and drills to their essence.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Mixes a crime investigation with a probe into humanity’s nature.”—Booklist/American Library Association

“The novel’s brilliance is in its juxtaposition of the two storylines…Both brutal and redemptive.”—The Christian Century

“An important and profoundly felt book . . . Fast-paced, often humorous, and full of lyric power.” —Patrick McGuinness, author of The Last Hundred Days

“Highly intelligent. Wieringa will make you think and keep you reading eagerly to the final page.” —Claire Lowdon, The Times Literary Supplement

“Poetic . . . Wieringa’s novel treads restlessly between genres, from middle-aged Bildungsroman and urban comedy to dark fairytale and Confucian parable . . . A sense of timeless, elemental human battles, conjuring King Lear’s unaccommodated man in the pitiless storm.” —Phoebe Taplin, The Guardian

“There are echoes of the great J. M. Coetzee’s elegant irony . . . It is the prose and Wieringa’s relaxed style that make this novel so good . . . A bravura performance. Far closer to Joseph Conrad than one might expect.” —Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

“An astonishing book . . . It speaks to the mood of our times. It is a novel about violence and barbarism, the fragility of civilization and a world of people on the move, migrants desperate for a better life.” —David Herman, The Jewish Chronicle

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