Mortals | Granta

  • Published: 05/06/2014
  • ISBN: 9781847087850
  • 128x20mm
  • 736 pages


Norman Rush

Ray Finch is a middle-aged Milton scholar and a CIA agent in Botswana. His doted-upon wife, Iris, may be an adulteress. And her physician, the quixotic Davis Morel, may be her lover. Mortals is a riotous political adventure, a meticulous portrait of a marriage and a richly ambitious novel of ideas.

Brilliant. Deeply serious, deeply ambitious, deeply successful... some of the most extraordinary pages written by a contemporary American novelist

James Wood

Expansive [and] exuberant... supremely accomplished

The Millions

The depth and richness of Norman Rush's second novel, Mortals, give him his own shelf in the canon

New York Magazine

The Author

Norman Rush is the author of four books; Whites, Mating (winner of the National Book Award), Mortals and Subtle Bodies. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review and Best American Short Stories. He and his wife Elsa were Co-Directors of the Peace Corps program in Botswana. They now live in upstate New York.

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