Traumatized by memories of his war-ravaged country, and with his son and daughter-in-law dead, Monsieur Linh travels to a foreign land to bring the child in his arms to safety.
The other refugees in the detention centre are unsure how to help the old man; his caseworkers are compassionate, but overworked.
Monsieur Linh struggles beneath the weight of his sorrow, and becomes increasingly bewildered and isolated in this strange, fast-moving town. And then he encounters Monsieur Bark. Neither speaks the other's language, but Monsieur Bark is sympathetic to the foreigner's need to care for the child.
Recently widowed and equally alone, he is eager to talk, and Monsieur Linh knows how to listen.
The two men share their solitude, and find friendship in an unlikely dialogue between two very different cultures.
Delicate and restrained, but with an extraordinary twist, Monsieur Linh and His Child is another limpid, immensely moving novel of perfect simplicity, by the author of Brodeck's Report.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 144 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 31/03/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781906694999