The Ibis Tapestry
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An audacious departure for the internationally acclaimed South African novelist--a thriller with all the searing immediacy of today's headlines.
Who was Christo Mercer, and why was he brutally stabbed to death in a remote Saharan town? For Robert Poley, an unhappy writer of political thril-lers, the welcome distraction posed by this question has become an obsession. With the mysterious delivery of a laptop computer and a cryptic E-mail message, he finds himself slowly entwined in the vagaries that constituted Mercer's life and death. An illegal-arms trader haunted by his nightmares, his past, and his clandestine involvement with a ruthless rebel-- and with Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great --Mercer lived on the grand stage of history, yet remained obscured by shadows until his seemingly fated demise. Now, piece by piece, in a complex web of social, political, personal, and fictional disclosures, the intricacies of Mercer's troubled psyche begin to reveal a pattern as corrupt as South Africa's in the aftermath of apartheid--years of judicial inquiry, the Truth Commission, and continued social unrest.
With alchemical bravura, Mike Nicol turns history into fiction and fiction into history, bringing to allegorical life the haunting story of a murder emblematic of South Africa's recent past.
From the Hardcover edition.
Worldwide acclaim for Mike Nicol's
"A chilling reminder . . . Horseman is a dark and terrifying novel presenting a mythical account of the development of evil through the history of Southern Africa."
--Sandra Chait, Seattle Times
"One of the more challenging of the South African novelists to appear in the last decade, [Nicol]
combines the strands of fable and parable into an out-and-out allegorical work . . . of spiritual damnation in a world of unmeaning where redemption from myth is a myth itself."
--Douglas Reid Skinner, South Africa Times
"Powerfully and precisely written . . . Horseman is probably best read as a sort of South African Nineteen Eighty-four: an ostensible fiction that deals with contemporary reality in mythic terms."
--New Statesman and Society (London)
"Mysterious and provocative . . . Nicol's prose is
marvelously vivid, dark, and arch, achieving at times an incantatory power."
"A misanthropic tour de force."
--James Polk, New York Times Book Review
"Nicol's voice resounds among the ruins [and] re-
creates the chaos, the melee of a history and a future that are without certainty."
--T. Kai Norris Easton, Boston Globe
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