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The High Mountains of Portugal

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER. SIGNED EDITION. Lost in Portugal. Lost to grief. With nothing but a chimpanzee. The extraordinary new novel from the author of Life of Pi. In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomas discovers an old journal. It hints at the location of an extraordinary artefact that - if it exists - would redefine history. Travelling in one of Europe's earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this treasure. Some thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist finds himself at the centre of a murder mystery. Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he comes to his ancestral village with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. The High Mountains of Portugal takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century - and through the human soul.
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Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. After studying philosophy at university, he worked at odd jobs and travelled before turning to writing. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, which was translated into thirty-eight languages. Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.


Replete with every bizarre and beautiful thing on earth . . . his many fans will delight * * The Times * * Moments of real wonder . . . glorious * * Sunday Times * * His best since Life of Pi . . . miraculous * * Washington Post * * [Martel's] depiction of loss is raw and deeply affecting . . . odd, fabulous, deliberately oblique * * Telegraph * * Martel is incapable of writing a dull sentence * * Daily Express * * A book of great wisdom and beauty -- Gavin Francis Martel is an original, strange and subtle thinker -- Ursula Le Guin * * Guardian * * Lucid and thought provoking * * Mail on Sunday * * Engrossing . . . Martel has a way of capturing the charm, and charge, of an animal and human relationship * * Independent * * Surprising and yet entirely believable * * Observer * * Martel is a writer with a light touch and a lively fancy . . . Engaging * * Scotsman * * Engagingly readable * * Daily Mail * * An exploration of faith and how we can learn to accept death . . . [Martel] has an ability to write about the very fundamental human emotional threads that join us * * Irish Independent * * Sharp, comical, and carries a deeply poignant message * * The List * * It is an unusual novel, a vivid and uncanny adventure in storytelling * * The Skinny * *

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