Running Through the Tall Grass by Talmy Givon
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A labor of love that has taken 30 years to complete, "Running Through the Tall Grass," like Conrad's classic "Heart of Darkness," offers a powerful study of the cruelty and obsession that lurk just beneath the surface of civilized men. Robert Aron, an Algerian Jew caught up in the savage fighting for his homeland, and his comrade-in-arms, Jojo, share a bond forged in the hellfires of war. But when Robert, weary of battle, falls in love with Marie, a young Catholic girl, and attempts to escape both his bloody past and Jojo's ever-tightening grip, he becomes the target of Jojo's deadly obsession.

Narrated in three parts, first by young Marie, then by the increasingly brutal and insane Jojo and finally by Robert himself, this powerful, compelling tale takes us from the burning city of Algiers to the south of France to the sweltering horrors of the Congo, as Robert flees Jojo and his band of mercenary cutthroats and tries to reunite with his beloved Marie. Lyrical, tense and hauntingly atmospheric, this brilliant debut combines rich historical detail with nerve-shattering adventure and sweeping passion to herald the arrival of a unique and masterful new literary voice.


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Published July 1, 1997 by Harpercollins. 274 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As the story opens in 1962, Marie, Robert's girlfriend, relates how Robert and Jojo resigned from the Foreign Legion when France gave Algeria its independence and joined the OAS, an underground, right-wing organization that wanted to keep Algeria French.

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Robert Aron, the protagonist of this oddly affecting first novel, is a demolitions expert for the loyalist, European militia during the Algerian civil war of the 1960s.

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