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   Land of Marvels

Land of Marvels

Author: Unsworth, Barry Set In . . .
 Middle East, Iraq
Genre: Fiction
Time Frame: 1900s
Published: 2008

? There is something of E. M. Forster in Unsworth? s knowing depiction of a decaying empire.? ? The New Yorker

In this masterful work of historical fiction set during the dying days of the Ottoman Empire, the schemes of Western powers grappling for a foothold in Mesopotamia come vividly to life. English archaeologist John Sommerville begins excavating a historical site, believing he has uncovered a find that will revolutionize his field. But when the Germans threaten his dig with their railroad, he hires an Arab spy, not recognizing the spies dwelling in his own house.
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