The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Translator: Xilouri Maria
Shape: 15 x 23
Price: 20.90 €
Published in Greek: November 2014
Imagine an empire that has shut out the world for a century and a half. No one can leave, foreigners are excluded, their religions banned and their ideas deeply mistrusted. Yet a narrow window onto this nation-fortress still exists: an artificial walled island connected to a mainland port, and manned by a handful of European traders. And locked as the land-gate may be, it cannot prevent the meeting of minds – or hearts.
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