Things in the Night
Translated by Eric Dickens
Things in the Night explores a world on the edge of disaster—plagued by mysterious power-outages and threatened by ominous conspiracies—juxtaposed against images and stories of unsurpassed beauty and tenderness.
Beginning with the simple but moving words, "My Dear, I feel I owe you an explanation," and ending with the passionate, lyrical, and immensely sad, "Those were beautiful years, beautiful autumn days," this astounding novel, set in Estonia near the end of the millennium, is a hymn to the very best in the human imagination and a eulogy for what humans, at their worst, may destroy.
Nb of pages 306 p.
Publication Date 2006
Nb of pages 306
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5 in.
List Price $13.95
Afterwards, we were again driving through fields, in a strange car, among strangers.
The grain was growing lush, the rain was on its way, the grain at risk as always.
The cemetery was left behind, including all the flesh, blood, skin, and bones.
The grain was bright, swayed, billowed. Yes, just like the sea, only white.
The grain was bright, the sky dark.
Things in the Night is set in post-Soviet Estonia at the end of the millennium and is a sort of postmodern meditation on electricity in all its forms. It sounds quite incredibly dull but turns out to be unexpectedly gripping. The author's voice is observant and delicately ironic. Unt has a splendid detachment and a rampant imagination.
Unt's novel consists of the author's confessions, novel fragments, snatches of plays, comments on how to write a novel, poems, minutes of interrogations, letters, and quite a few quotes from popular classics. There are amusing adventures and pointless ratiocinations . . . The characters in the novel have strayed into a world where other people's words, cliches behavior, and serious scientific
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Genres : Fiction : Europe : Baltic
Countries : Estonia