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Robin Jenkins bring to life a variety of characters in this intriguing, compassionate novel: twins Jonathan and Maddy are desperate for something significant, something creative to happen in their lives. They become passionately involved with John, an aggressive, working-class Glaswegian painter, and beautiful Barcelona student, Montserrat, whose brother is an imprisoned Catalan patriot. All of them are caught up in a sort of sardana—a Catalan dance performed for pleasure and as a symbol of unity.‘His persistent creativity for a half-century makes this Scottish writer worthy of the greatest respect throughout the English-language world.’ PAUL BINDING, THE GUARDIAN ‘Let me alert everyone to the best-kept secret in modern British literature … if you are interested in books that are humane and wise, not slick and cynical; then treat yourself this year to some Robin Jenkins.’ ANDREW MARR ‘Many people can produce a novel, but very few are authentic writers whose sentences and paragraphs give intrinsic pleasure. Jenkins is one of them.’ J B PICK ‘Jenkins [is] a remarkable writer whose gentlest touch induces the greatest of pleasures.’– THE TIMES
through the streets, waving tridents that shoot fireworks and daring onlookers ...
Among dedicated dancers, the sardana has a well defined etiquette, e.g. as to whether the ring should be broken to the left or to the right of a man.
The dancer is called a sardanista. It is a slow dance with intricate steps, danced in circles of differing sizes with a small band providing the musical accompaniment.