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by H. S. Bhabra

eBook Gestures: A Novel download ISBN: 156792235X
Author: H. S. Bhabra
Publisher: David R Godine Pub (October 1, 2003)
Language: English
Pages: 318
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Category: Biography
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H. S. Bhabra's stunning novel is a richly wrought narrative of a world caught in the flux of the twentieth century.

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Bhabra worked for six years in financial advertising in the City of London. In 1984, he resigned to complete Gestures, a novel on which he had been working for years. He travelled and worked as a correspondent for a few years, which provided material for his career as a writer of fiction, under his own name and also as A M Kabal and John Ford. Gestures won a Betty Trask Award in 1987

The story begins in 1923.

The story begins in 1923. A young and inexperienced Foreign Service officer, Jeremy Burnham arrives in the storied and exotic city of Venice to take up his first post. He falls into a friendship with an attractive older woman, Jane Carlyle, who initiates him into Venetian society and introduces him to the enigmatic Eva von Woerden, and the cosmopolitan Jewish art connoisseur Anthony Manet.

Hargurchet Singh Bhabra was a British Asian writer and broadcaster who settled in Canada. The lines could stand as an epitaph for Bhabra himself

Hargurchet Singh Bhabra was a British Asian writer and broadcaster who settled in Canada. The lines could stand as an epitaph for Bhabra himself. Infused with his own erudition, elegance and empathy, it was also - and to a great degree - an expression of his own sense of displacement. Indeed, although he published in quick succession three thrillers -

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Bhabra worked for six years in international banking in the City of London. In 1984, he resigned to complete "Gestures", a novel on which he had been working for years. Gestures" won a Betty Trask Award in 1987.

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lt; The day before author . Bhabra jumped from the Bloor Street Viaduct in Toronto, putting an abrupt, ugly end to what many believed could have been a significant literary career, he spent the afternoon in a public library, writing letters in his illegible scrawl to a handful of friends

lt; The day before author . Bhabra jumped from the Bloor Street Viaduct in Toronto, putting an abrupt, ugly end to what many believed could have been a significant literary career, he spent the afternoon in a public library, writing letters in his illegible scrawl to a handful of friends. Most of them had not seen Bhabra for months.

Bhabra worked for six years in financial advertising in the City of London

Bhabra worked for six years in financial advertising in the City of London. Gestures won a Betty Trask Award in 1987. It has been described thus: "With extraordinary force and subtlety, Gestures conducts the 'funeral rite over an entire way of life.

His first novel, Gestures, was published in 1986 to considerable acclaim. Bhabra travelled and worked as a correspondent for a few years. This was quickly followed by two thrillers issued under the pseudonym . In 1989 he was awarded the first Fulbright Chandler Fellowship in Spy and Detective Fiction Writing. This prize included a post as writer-in-residence at UCLA. Bhabra also taught at Amherst College in Massachusetts before moving in 1994 to Toronto where his parents lived.

Gestures, the sole novel of an unknown Canadian writer who died tragically in 2000, is the elegant, beautifully crafted, gripping autobiography of one Jeremy Burnham, career diplomat and English gentleman, who in his 83rd year sits down to write his version of political upheavals, emotional displacements and personal losses encountered in a career spent in the "forgotten and superseded sport of diplomacy." His story, which in so many ways captures the flux and turmoil of the last century, begins in Venice in the twenties, just as the Fascists are taking over the government, and ends in war-torn Amsterdam, desperate and destitute after the Allied victory.
Comments: (7)
Endieyab
Sometimes novelists overreach. Bhabra almost certainly did, when he undertook to write a book that encompasses all the upheaval, dislocation, pain, betrayal and romance of pre-WWII Venice and post-WWII Amsterdam, as seen through the eyes of an aging aristocratic British career diplomat. Yet what is astonishing is how good this book is. You can quibble with the author's plot and character development, you may disagree with his philosophical pronouncements, but you will never forget the sense of being completely engrossed in the world that Bhabra creates and of the array of emotions it evokes. He is not just a writer; he is a genius. In all this may not be a perfect book, if in fact there is such a thing, but it comes close enough. Don't miss it.
Doukree
Tried but could not get into it. I purchased because I had read about how interesting. I'm passing on this book
Vosho
One of the finest contemporary novels I have read. I cannot understand why it is no longer in print. It is beautifully written and a most compelling read.
POFOD
Genius!
Nejind
For those who appreciate the old-fashioned British style of novel writing, this Penguin paperback telling of life as a British consul in the 1920's-1930's Venice will be a delight. The man plays as if in his 80's, writing of his youthful work when sent out to Venice. (The author in fact seems to be an Anglo-Indian born in 1955!) He tells of interesting English ex-patriates enjoying the cheap prices of post-WWI Europe, and life in Venice amongst their charms, their parties, their endless hours of leisure. He becomes fond of one Jewish art appraiser and comes to his rescue, he finds himself in confusion over love, and he comments always as if he were now very old and considering all of it again, but in retrospect.
I thoroughly enjoyed this style, and his ability to keep one attached and interested in the motley characters who are tied together by time, place, English language and money, but who then find themselves blown apart by the rise of the Fascisti and the revolutionary forces afloat in Europe.
Brakree
...It is a joy to read, and transports the reader to a world that is lost and which few of us living today ever knew existed. But that is only part 1.
It gets better! Taking up the narrative twenty years later in the shambles of post-war Amsterdam, the story, like life, gets deeper. I guessed at less than half of the intrigues and interconnections that are revealed in the denouement.
I was up half the night trying to finish this book, and the other half trying to comprehend what I had read. It is a compelling commetary on the interplay of good and evil, the limits of government, and the tension between truth and diplomacy. I was left turning over in my mind the well-worn words of Edmund Burke "In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing". But which of us is good, and which "nothing" should we not do?
Dagdarad
I have always liked this book, with its vast international canvas and 'fin de siecle' feel. It was the only one HS Bhabra published under his own name, but fans may like to try the thrillers he wrote as A M KABAL too.