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The Lotus Eaters


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'[A] haunting debut novel...quietly mesmerizing...tough and lyrical book. Its object lessons in how Helen learns to refine her wartime photography are succinct and powerful. By the end of the story - in ways that bring to mind the feverishness of the Iraqi war film "The Hurt Locker", with its very different locations, job descriptions and wartime imperatives - [Helen] has been utterly transformed. She is no longer a witness to history. As Ms Soli makes her readers understand very viscerally, Helen has become part of the history that she set out to record.' Janet Maslin, The New York Times 'Tatjana Soli's splendid first novel...Vivid battle scenes, sensual romantic entanglements and elegant writing add to the pleasures of The Lotus Eaters.' The New York Times Book Review (front cover review) 'If it's possible to judge a novel by its first few lines, then The Lotus Eaters, Tatjana Soli's fiction debut, shows great promise right from the start... The author explores Helen's psyche with startling clarity, and portrays the chaotic war raging around her with great attention to seemingly minor details. The real heartbreak in The Lotus Eaters is found in subtle, unexpected moments.' Boston Globe 'As with the Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker, this novel examines the addiction to that adrenaline rush sometimes experienced by those unlucky enough to fall prey to..."terrible love of war"..."If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough," photojournalist Robert Capa famously said, and this is the dilemma that Helen faces: How close should she get?.. .The Vietnam conflict has receded into the history books, but The Lotus Eaters feels pulled from today's headlines, full of meaning for readers whose country is once again sending men and women to the battlefields, both to fight and to document that fighting.' Washington Post 'Gorgeous sensory details...[an] entrancing debut' People magazine

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