Here is the chronicle of the strange events that befall Mandragora, a primitive farming village in the Outer Hebrides. A tale of conflict where there had been none, of lives irrevocably transformed, this is the written testimony of farmer and inventor Yves Gundron, edited and annotated by Harvard academic Ruth Blum. Yet this historical manuscript is not quite what it seems...and neither is the town of Mandragora. When Yves recalls lyrics that are recognizably from a blues song, it begins to seem that Blum is not merely an anthropologist preparing a historical document, but an active participant in Mandragora's battle with the double-edged sword of progress. The Testament Of Yves Gundron is a brilliantly imagined exploration of the pursuit of modernity -- and of the detritus left along the way.
About the Author
Emily Barton graduated from Harvard and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn.
Thomas Pynchon Blessedly post-ironic, engaging and heartfelt -- a story that moves with ease and certainty, deeply respecting the given world even as it shines with the integrity of dream.
Time Out New York An engrossing folk tale that, in our technology-crazed era, ought to be required reading.
Newsday As strong a debut as the coming year is likely to see.
The New York Observer Establishes Ms. Barton as a copiously talented, daring writer.
Talk Destined to alter the landscape of contemporary literature.