Thursday, August 02, 2007

New (in English) Alexandre Dumas novel...

From today's Publishing News:
PEGASUS BOOKS, THE New York based publishing company founded in 2005 by Claiborne Hancock, has acquired World English Language rights to a long-lost novel by Alexandre Dumas. The Last Cavalier, discovered and published in France in 2005, will be published in America by Pegasus in September. Meanwhile, Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein has been appointed to sell UK rights.
Read the rest of the article here.

Synopsis from Rousing, big, spirited, its action sweeping across oceans and continents, the last novel of Alexandre Dumas-lost for 125 years in the archives of the National Library in Paris-completes the oeuvre that Dumas imagined at the outset of his literary -career. Now, dynamically, in a tale of family honor and undying vengeance, of high adventure and heroic derring-do, The Last Cavalier fills that gap.

The last cavalier is also Count Hector de Sainte-Hermine, who for three years has been languishing in prison when, in 1804, on the eve of Napoleon's coronation as emperor of France, he learns what's to be his due. Stripped of his title and denied the hand of the woman he loves, he is freed by Napoleon on the condition that he serve as a common foot soldier in the imperial army. So it is in profound despair that Hector embarks on a succession of daring escapades. Again and again he wins glory-against brigands, bandits, the British; boa constrictors, sharks, crocodiles. And at the battle of Trafalgar it's his marksman's bullet that fells the famed English admiral Lord Nelson.

Yet however far his adventures may take him-from Burma's jungles to the wilds of Ireland-his destiny lies always in Paris, with his father's enemy, Napoleon.

The publishing date is 12th September.

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