Lost Paradise by Cees Nooteboom
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In Lost Paradise, Nooteboom sets out to connect two seemingly unrelated strangers whom he has glimpsed on his travels, and to explore the major impact that small interactions can have on the course of our journeys.

A beautiful woman aboard a Berlin-bound flight becomes Alma, a young lady who leaves her parents' Sao Paolo home on a hot summer night in a fit of depression. Her car engine dies in one of the city's most dangerous favelas, a mob surrounds her, and she is pulled from the automobile. To escape her memory of the assault, she flees across the world, to Australia, where she becomes involved in the beautiful but bizarre Angel Project. Not long after, Dutch literary critic Erik Zontag is in Perth, Australia, for a conference. He has found a winged woman curled up in a closet in an empty house. He reaches out, and for a second allows his fingertips to brush her feathers—and then she speaks. The intersection of their paths illuminates the extraordinary coincidences that propel our lives.

About Cees Nooteboom

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Born in 1933 in the Hague, Cees Nooteboom is one of Europe's most popular and widely translated writers. He lives in Amsterdam and Minorca, Spain.
Published November 15, 2008 by Grove Press. 164 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Exploring reinvention, healing, loss and the divine on a beach in Australia and a massage table in Austria.

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Erik had traveled to Perth for yet another tedious literary conference but found himself captivated by the city's unusual public art project during his stay: a walking tour of city sights in which people dressed as angels have been nonchalantly integrated into the daily rhythms of city life-one o...

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