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The Twilight World - Werner Herzog

The Twilight World - Werner Herzog

Title: The Twilight World

Author:  Werner Herzog

ISBN:  9781847927231

Weight:  578 g

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The Twilight World by Werner Herzog

In his first novel, the great filmmaker, Werner Herzog, tells the incredible story of a Japanese soldier who defended a small island for twenty-nine years after the end of World War II.

Hold the island until the Imperial army’s return.  You are to defend its territory by guerrilla tactics, at all costs…  There is only one rule: you are forbidden to die by your own hand.  In the event of your capture by the enemy, you are to give them all the misleading information you can.

In 1944, on Lubang Island in the Philippines, with Japanese troops about to withdraw, Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda was given orders by his superior officer.  So began Onoda’s long campaign, during which he became fluent in the hidden language of the jungle.  Soon weeks turned into months, months into years, and years into decades – until eventually time itself seemed to melt away.  All the while Onoda continued to fight his fictitious war, at once surreal and tragic, at first with other soldiers, and then, finally, alone, a character in a novel of his own making.

The Twilight World immortalizes and imagines Onoda’s years of absurd yet epic struggle in an inimitable, hypnotic fever dream.  It is a moving and profound meditation on the purpose and meaning we give our lives.

Peer & Press Reviews

This is Herzog’s debut novel – and it is beautifully crafted, a literary jewel set to sparkle against the backdrop of his monumental career in cinema.

The i Newspaper

The true story is extraordinary in its own right, but Herzog’s concise yet meandering account of unending loyalty, resilience and desolation transmutes Onoda’s personal history into a poetic tragedy.

Eastern Daily Press

A beautiful little novel, with Herzog’s slight prose ideally capturing the mind of the lonely Onoda…  Nobody else could have written The Twilight World.  It is pure Herzog.

Sunday Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Twilight World
Translator Michael Hofmann
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in title page
Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint The Bodley Head
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781847927231
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 132
Size (h x w x d) 205 x137 x 17mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Lena Herzog
Jacket photograph The Mouth of Krishna #820 © Albarrán Cabrera

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