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The Parade (Hardcover)

| Alfred a Knopf Inc | 3/19/2019

ISBN-10 : 0525655301   ISBN-13 : 9780525655305   List Price : $25.95

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From the bestselling author of The Monk of Mokha and The Circle comes a taut, suspenseful story of two foreigners' role in a nation's fragile peace.

An unnamed country is leaving the darkness of a decade at war, and to commemorate the armistice the government commissions a new road connecting two halves of the state. Two men, foreign contractors from the same company, are sent to finish the highway. While one is flighty and adventurous, wanting to experience the nightlife and people, the other wants only to do the work and go home. But both men must eventually face the absurdities of their positions, and the dire consequences of their presence. With echoes of J. M. Coetzee and Graham Greene, this timeless novel questions whether we can ever understand another nation's war, and what role we have in forging anyone's peace.

Sent to oversee the completion of a highway that symbolizes an important armistice between two halves of a war-torn state, two foreign contractors are forced to confront the absurdities and dire consequences of their roles in forging peace.

"From the best-selling author of The Monk of Mokha, a spare, powerful story of two men, Western contractors sent to work far from home, tasked with paving a road to the capital in a dangerous and largely lawless country. Four and Nine are partners, working for the same company, sent without passports to a nation recovering from ten years of civil war. Together, operating under pseudonyms and anonymous to potential kidnappers, they are given a new machine, the RS-90, and tasked with building a highway that connects the country's far-flung villages with the capital. Four, nicknamed the Clock, is one of the company's most experienced operators, never falling short of his assigned schedule. He drives the RS-90, stopping only to sleep and eat the food provided by the company. But Nine is an agent of chaos: speeding ahead on his vehicle, chatting and joking with locals, eating at nearby bars and roadside food stands, he threatens the schedule, breaks protocol, and endangers the work that they must complete in time for a planned government parade. His every action draws Four's ire, but when illness, corruption, and theft compromise their high-stakes mission, Four and Nine discover danger far greater than anything they could pose to each other"--

Sent to oversee the completion of a highway in a dangerous country, two foreign contractors are forced to confront the absurdities and dire consequences of their roles in forging peace.

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 0525655301
  • ISBN-13: 9780525655305
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 192
  • Dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.98 (h) x 0.00 (d)