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The Commoner - (Vintage Contemporaries) by John Burnham Schwartz (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 368

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Series Title: Vintage Contemporaries

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Vintage

Author: John Burnham Schwartz

Language: English

TCIN: 79258726
UPC: 9781400096053
Item Number (DPCI): 247-20-4761


"A delicate, elegiac tale, intensely moving and utterly convincing." --The New York Times Book Review

"A mesmerizing novel full of tenderness and compassion, one that convincingly invests the Japanese empress's voice with all the nuance it demands." --The Washington Post

"Schwartz leaps with prodigious skill. . . . Through painstaking research and a humane sensibility, he has opened a window on a strange, cloistered world." --The Wall Street Journal

"Expertly evokes the sense of powerlessness and isolation that mark both royal life and bad marriages. . . . An artful meditation on the limits of love and duty." --People

"A unique literary adventure, intimate, exotic; wonderfully imagined and achieved. The narrative impels the reader from first to last, immersing us in its flow of ancient acceptances and new demands. Splendid." --Shirley Hazzard, author of The Transit of Venus and The Great Fire

"A fascinating and moving book in which great harm--all the more painful for being quiet and impersonal--befalls characters who, with one exception, are entirely innocent and sympathetic. The Commoner is a rare novel, wonderfully researched and beautifully written." --Peter Matthiessen

"Schwartz pulls off a grand feat in giving readers a moving dramatization of a cloistered world." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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