ISBN-10: 0981955738
ISBN-13: 9780981955735
Publisher: Archipelago Books
Publish Date: 05/06/2014
Dimensions: 6.00" L, 6.00" W, 1.00" H

Harlequin’s Millions

Translator: Stacey Knecht


Price: $18.00


By the writer Milan Kundera called Czechoslovakia’s greatest contemporary writer comes a novel (now in English for the first time) peopled with eccentric, unforgettable inhabitants of a home for the elderly who reminisce about their lives and their changing country. Written with a keen eye for the absurd and sprinkled with dialogue that captures the poignancy of the everyday, this novel allows us into the mind of an elderly woman coming to terms with the passing of time.

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ISBN-10: 0981955738
ISBN-13: 9780981955735
Publisher: Archipelago Books
Publish Date: 05/06/2014
Dimensions: 6.00" L, 6.00" W, 1.00" H
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