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A Partisan's Daughter

Louis de Bernieres

From the acclaimed author of Corelli's Mandolin and Birds Without Wings comes an intimate new novel, a love story at once raw and sweetly funny, wry and heartbreakingly sad. He's Chris: bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. In his forties, he's a stranger inside the youth culture of London in the late 1970s, a stranger to himself on the night he invites a hooker into his car. She's Roza: Yugoslavian, recently moved to London, the daughter of one of Tito's partisans. She's in her twenties but has already lived a life filled with danger, misadventure, romance, and tragedy. And although she's not a hooker, when she's propositioned by Chris, she gets into his car anyway. Over the next months Roza tells Chris the stories of her past. She's a fast-talking, wily Scheherazade, saving her own life by telling it to Chris. And he takes in her tales as if they were oxygen in an otherwise airless world. But is Roza telling the truth? Does Chris hear the stories through the filter of his own need? Does it even matter? This deeply moving novel of their unlikely love-narrated both in the moment and in recollection, each of their voices deftly realized-is also a brilliantly subtle commentary on storytelling: its seductions and powers, and its ultimately unavoidable dangers. From the Compact Disc edition.

From the acclaimed author of Corelli's Mandolin and Birds Without Wings comes an intimate new novel, a love story at once raw and sweetly funny, wry and heartbreakingly sad. He's Chris: bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. In his forties, he's a stranger inside the youth culture of London in the late 1970s, a stranger to himself on the night he invites a hooker into his car. She's Roza: Yugoslavian, recently moved to London, the daughter of one of Tito's partisans. She's in her twenties but has already lived a life filled with danger, misadventure, romance, and tragedy. And although she's not a hooker, when she's propositioned by Chris, she gets into his car anyway. Over the next months Roza tells Chris the stories of her past. She's a fast-talking, wily Scheherazade, saving her own life by telling it to Chris. And he takes in her tales as if they were oxygen in an otherwise airless world. But is Roza telling the truth? Does Chris hear the stories through the filter of his own need? Does it even matter? This deeply moving novel of their unlikely love-narrated both in the moment and in recollection, each of their voices deftly realized-is also a brilliantly subtle commentary on storytelling: its seductions and powers, and its ultimately unavoidable dangers. From the Compact Disc edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

From the acclaimed author of Corelli's Mandolin and Birds Without Wings comes an intimate new novel, a love story at once raw and sweetly funny, wry and heartbreakingly sad. He's Chris: bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. In his forties, he's a stranger inside the youth culture of London in the late 1970s, a stranger to himself on the night he invites a hooker into his car. She's Roza: Yugoslavian, recently moved to London, the daughter of one of Tito's partisans. She's in her twenties but has already lived a life filled with danger, misadventure, romance, and tragedy. And although she's not a hooker, when she's propositioned by Chris, she gets into his car anyway. Over the next months Roza tells Chris the stories of her past. She's a fast-talking, wily Scheherazade, saving her own life by telling it to Chris. And he takes in her tales as if they were oxygen in an otherwise airless world. But is Roza telling the truth? Does Chris hear the stories through the filter of his own need? Does it even matter? This deeply moving novel of their unlikely love-narrated both in the moment and in recollection, each of their voices deftly realized-is also a brilliantly subtle commentary on storytelling: its seductions and powers, and its ultimately unavoidable dangers. From the Compact Disc edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sian Thomas, Jeff Rawle

Length:

5h 56m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:30


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:12


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:53


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:18


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:26


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:45


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:14


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:04


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:11


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:11


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:02


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:14


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:35


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:49


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:47


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:01


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:51


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:14


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:17


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

00:30