The Dumb House

The Dumb House

by John Burnside


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In Persian myth, it is said that Akbar the Great built a palace which he filled with newborns, attended only by mutes, in order to learn whether language is innate or aquired. As the children grew into their silent and difficult world, this palace became known as the Gang Mahal, or Dumb House. In his first novel, John Burnside explores the possibilities inherent in a modern-day repetition of Akbar's investigations. The unnamed narrator creates a twisted variant of the Dumb House. When the children develop a musical language of their own, excluding their jailer, he extracts an appalling revenge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784870119
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Series: Vintage Classics Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 831,128
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

JOHN BURNSIDE's recent books include the poetry collection All One Breath, the book of stories, Something Like Happy, the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year A Summer of Drowning, shortlisted for the 2011 Costa Prize, and his poetry collection, Black Cat Bone, which won both the 2011 Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. He is a Professor of English at St Andrews.

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