The Chess Garden by Brooks Hansen
Or the Twilight Letters of Gustav Uyterhoeven

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An exotic, spiritual tale combines elements of memoir and parable, in a collection of twelve letters sent with chess pieces to his wife Sonja by Dr. Gustav Uyterhoeven while serving as a doctor in the Boer War concentration camps in South Africa. 25,000 first printing.
 

About Brooks Hansen

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Brooks Hansen is the critically acclaimed author of The Chess Garden and, most recently, The Brotherhood of Joseph. He lives with his family in Carpinteria, California.
 
Published August 1, 1995 by Farrar Straus Giroux. 481 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Beginning in late 1900, Uyterhoeven records in letters accompanied by chess pieces his adventures in the imaginary ``Antipodes''letters eagerly awaited back in Ohio, where friends gather in the Uyterhoeven chess garden to hear them read.

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A rare and exciting work of character and imagination, Hansen's new novel (after the highly praised Boone, which he coauthored with Nick Davis) is set in 19th-century Dayton, Ohio, in Europe and South Africa during the Boer War and on an imaginary island, the Antipodes.

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