The Resource Land of marvels : a novel, Barry Unsworth

Land of marvels : a novel, Barry Unsworth

Label
Land of marvels : a novel
Title
Land of marvels
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Barry Unsworth
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It is 1914, and, after three years in the deserts of Mesopotamia, the British archeologist John Somerville believes he is on the brink of a great discovery. Before he can uncover what he thinks was the residence of the last Assyrian king, Somerville must fight off plans for a railway that will encroach on his dig site, and thwart the efforts of Elliot, a charismatic, straight-talking American who is bent on finding oil and on destroying what remains of Somerville's marriage
Cataloging source
UKM
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
Land of marvels : a novel, Barry Unsworth
Label
Land of marvels : a novel, Barry Unsworth
Publication
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In 1914, an English archaeologist called Somerville is fulfilling a lifelong dream: to direct an excavation in the desert of Mesopotamia. Yet forces beyond his control threaten his work. The Great War is looming, and various interest groups - Turkish, German, English and American - are vying for control over the land and its strategic and economic prizes. The Germans are securing trade routes with a new railway; a major in the Royal Engineers is working undercover, secretly mapping for the British the areas rich in oil; the Bedouin Jehar takes what he can from his new paymasters. The greatest idealist is Somerville, whose intention is to discover and preserve the land's ancient treasures. As he weaves these stories together in a powerful narrative, Unsworth provides a brilliant commentary on imperial ambition in the Middle East, and an acute historical perspective on the land that became modern Iraq
Control code
501730
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Dimensions
24 cm.
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Extent
287 pages
Isbn
9780091926182
Isbn Type
(trade pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) NP501730
  • 12521781
  • (OCoLC)258072935

Library Locations

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