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Zoli by Colum McCann
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Feb 05, 2009

Zoli, Colum McCann's fourth novel, astounded critics with its sheer range of vision. While painting detailed strokes of the political tumult of the mid- to late-20th century, from the Nazis to the Communists to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Zoli also personalizes the plights of individuals through different narrators, including an elderly Zoli. Vivid details, a gripping story, and fine prose complement this rare glimpse into an exiled culture. Only the New York Times critic described the characters as mouthpieces; all others praised Zoli as an exceptional, provocative read.

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