Lizard Cage

ISBN-10: 0385525036
ISBN-13: 9780385525039
Edition: N/A
Authors: Karen Connelly
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Description: Beautifully written and taking us into an exotic land, Karen Connelly’s debut novel The Lizard Cage is a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit. Teza once electrified the people of Burma with his protest songs against the dictatorship.  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 8.00" wide x 5.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Beautifully written and taking us into an exotic land, Karen Connelly’s debut novel The Lizard Cage is a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit. Teza once electrified the people of Burma with his protest songs against the dictatorship. Arrested by the Burmese secret police in the days of mass protest, he is seven years into a twenty-year sentence in solitary confinement. Cut off from his family and contact with other prisoners, he applies his acute intelligence, Buddhist patience, and humor to find meaning in the interminable days, and searches for news in every being and object that is grudgingly allowed into his cell. Despite his isolation, Teza has a profound influence on the people around him. His very existence challenges the brutal authority of the jailers, and his steadfast spirit inspires radical change. Even when Teza’s criminal server tries to compromise the singer for his own gain, Teza befriends him and risks falling into the trap of forbidden conversation, food, and the most dangerous contraband of all: paper and pen. Yet, it is through Teza’s relationship with Little Brother, a twelve-year-old orphan who’s grown up inside the walls, that we ultimately come to understand the importance of hope and human connection in the midst of injustice and violence. Teza and the boy are prisoners of different orders: only one of them dreams of escape and only one of them will achieve it—their extraordinary friendship frees both of them in utterly surprising ways.

<p class="biography" <b George Webber</b is a renowned documentary photographer whose previous books include <i Prairie Gothic</i (RMB, 2012), <i Last Call</i (RMB, 2010), <i A World Within: An Intimate Portrait of the Little Bow Hutterite Colony</i and <i People of the Blood: A Decade-long Photographic Journey on a Canadian Reserve</i . He is the recipient of numerous National Magazine Awards (Canada), two Awards of Excellence from the Society for News Design (USA) and the International Documentary Photography Award (Korea). His photographs have been featured in <i American Photo</i , <i Canadian Geographic</i , <i Lenswork Quarterly</i , <i Photolife</i , <i The New York Times</i and <i Swerve</i magazine. In 1999 he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in recognition of his contributions to the visual arts in Canada. George lives in Calgary, Alberta.</p

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