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Desolation Island by Adolfo García Ortega (2011 1st Ed Hardback)


£25.00

Very good condition used Hardback
with intact Dust Jacket.

2011 First Edition published
by Harvill Secker, London.
Publication Numberline: 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1.
Author: Adolfo García Ortega.
ISBN: 9781846551390.
Approx dims: 240mm h x 160mm w x 35mm d.

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Desolation Island by Adolfo García Ortega

Condition and Description:

Very good condition used Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

2011 First Edition published by Harvill Secker, London.
Publication Numberline: 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1.
Author: Adolfo García Ortega.
ISBN: 9781846551390.
Approx dims: 240mm h x 160mm w x 35mm d.

Intact clean condition dust jacket with one small tear to bottom right corner of back cover, some slight creasing to edges, plus slight rubbing and signs of handling. DJ intact spine with slight creasing to top and bottom. Dust Jacket over very good condition cream cloth boards with title lettering to spine. 390 clean/ slightly off white pages of English text, no inscriptions. Page ends slightly sunned. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of Desolation Island by Adolfo García Ortega:

”As the twentieth century draws to a close, a ship heads for Punta Arenas on the Straits of Magellan at Chile’s southern tip. On board is Oliver Griffin, a man on an unusual quest. His journey is inspired by a photograph of his grandparents embracing a strange automaton which now resides in the Punta Arenas museum. This fearsome metal warrior is a sixteenth-century robot, a relic of a proposed mechanical army, commissioned by Philip II of Spain to guard the strait against the English.

The automaton was discovered on Desolation Island by a grieving woman scouring the archipelago for the bodies of her shipwrecked husband and son. Griffin has long been fascinated by this place, where the Magellan Strait meets the Pacific, and spends his life drawing intricate maps of the island.

With a host of characters both real and imaginary, touches of Homer, Melville and Sebald, Desolation Island sets countless stories spinning around its central axis – the extraordinary automaton. Taking in sixteenth-century wizardry, court politics, the modern shipping industry, the cinematic version of The Invisible Man and personal letters and family photographs, this mesmerising, original novel is a testament to man’s insatiable desire for knowledge.

Spanning four full centuries of adventure, Desolation Island is a classic seafaring tale, striking at the heart of that eternal mystery: our obsession with the sea, as terrible as it is irresistible.”