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Come join us and meet multi-award winning author Jonathan Falla, he'll be discussing his fourth novel, The Physician of Sanlucar on Thursday 26 September at Looking Glass Books!
The Physician of SanLucar is a beautifully written and absorbing story of exile and redemption set against the stark Patagonian wilderness at the start of the modern age.
Matthieu Macanan has fled his home in France, to work as a doctor in a remote region of South America where his past is unknown. There he tends to the local tribes and tries to avoid contact with European settlers. When Silke Kahn and her husband Theo walk into his world with plans to run an airmail service in the area, his reclusive life is irrevocably altered.
While Matthieu struggles to resist his attraction to Silke, hostilities created by the coming war escalate, drawing the local people onto their orbit and forcing the doctor to decide which side he is on.
But what is he hiding from? Can he really help the local tribes to survive the trouble the Europeans unleash? In offering refuge to Silke, has Matthieu finally committed a fatal move?
Echoing Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene, The Physician of Sanlucar is an intense, graphic and quietly violent psychological novel.
Falla's construction and exectution of the novel are beautifully judged... it's carried out with poetic subtlety...the writing itself is so joyously accomplished, light, almost airborne... Witty too, a wry, anachronistic treat for fans of the movie Casablanca. The Scotsman, 2013
About the Author
The Physician of SanLucar is Jonathan Falla's fourth novel, after Blue Poppies, Poor Mercy and Glenfarron. Jamaican-born Falla lives in Scotland where he is director of studies for the St Andrews Creative Writing Summer School. He has won a Creative Scotland Award, a PEN story prize, and other awards for his fiction, drama and film writing. For more see www.jonathanfalla.co.uk.
Praise for Jonathan Falla's Writing
'An original, unflinching work... the strength of the writing and the subject carry all before them.' New York Times
'Coolly and confidently written, this is fiction at its most bracing.' Baltimore Sun
'Assured, without a trace of self-indulgence... it knows where it is going, and that is nowhere near home.' The Scotsman