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ISBN:1841955361
Author: Yann Martel
ISBN13: 978-1841955360
Title: The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios and Other Stories
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Language: English
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (August 31, 2004)
Pages: 239

The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios and Other Stories by Yann Martel



Martel’s first book, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios and Other Stories (1993), was well-received critically, but failed to sell. The book has, like The Life of Pi, the feel of the fantastical, there is the touch of Italo Calvino, a sense of boundary-pushing

This is Yann Martel’s first book, published eight years before his breakthrough novel, the Booker Prize-winning Life Of Pi. Turn to any page in the collection and it’s obvious that he has talent, passion and a keen philosophical spirit. The stories feel personal in the best way, urgent dispatches from the trenches of the examined (young) life. Take the opening novella, which gives the book its title. It’s about a university student whose friend, Paul, has contracted AIDS through a blood transfusi This is Yann Martel’s first book, published eight years before his breakthrough novel, the Booker. There are four short stories. The title (The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios)is one of them. I will only discuss this story. The story is about two friends Paul and the narrator.

Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the international bestseller and winner of the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes). He is also the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (winner of the Journey Prize), Self, Beatrice & Virgil, and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Born in Spain in 1963, Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the international bestseller and winner of the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes).

The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios and Other Stories is a book of short stories by Canadian author Yann Martel. First published as a paperback by Knopf Canada in the spring of 1993, it received little attention outside Canada until 2004, after Martel's award-winning Life of Pi gained worldwide popularity and people became interested in the author's work.

If you are a Yann Martel fan, you will not want to miss this collection of extraordinarily compelling stories. I write fiction and, to provide myself with daily inspiration, I copied the following sentence from Martel's novel "Beatrice & Virgil" and posted it on the cabinet door above my desk: "There's nothing like the unimaginable to make people believe. I laughed and cried my way through the Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios. It was worth getting the entire set for this story alone.

Christopher Priest finds Yann Martel's collection of short stories, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, full of longueurs. Fortunately, the stories in this book are more solidly based in recognisable reality, but the tone of voice is still reminiscent of the novel. Martel writes plain prose with surface adornments. The Roccamatios feature, Zelig-like, in most of the pivotal historical events of the 20th century, and as the boy slowly dies the two of them take it in turns to attach a historical anecdote to each year. They get as far as 1961, but long before then the reader is anxiously consulting the calendar, counting how many of these tedious years still lie ahead.

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Signed by the author, on title page. In slipcase. A very fine copy.
Reviews: 7
Oso
If you are a Yann Martel fan, you will not want to miss this collection of extraordinarily compelling stories. I write fiction and, to provide myself with daily inspiration, I copied the following sentence from Martel's novel "Beatrice & Virgil" and posted it on the cabinet door above my desk: "There's nothing like the unimaginable to make people believe." Writing the unimaginable that makes ME believe is only one of Martel's great strengths, with "Life of Pi" as primary example, and the stories in "The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios" also share this characteristic.
net rider
I am carrying around Yann Martel's- this one--right now in my purse. His writing is always worth rereading. Brilliant. I can see how he became the writer he is today in these early stories. A must read for any Yann Martel Lovers or anyone that truly appreciates fine prose with a heart.
Bad Sunny
These four stories are so different it's hard to believe they were all penned by the same author. All are absorbing and memorable, however, the prize goes to the title story. I laughed and cried my way through the Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios. It was worth getting the entire set for this story alone. The other 3 stories then become bonuses in a most worthwhile collection!
Pipet
This is a collection of short stories by author Yann Martel, predating his Booker Prize winning 'The Life of Pi'. All of the stories offer insightful views of humanity, told in Martel's simple, anecdotal style, but it is the penultimate 'Manners of Dying' that I found most remarkable. By way of a letter to the mother of an executed man, written multiple times, Martel changed my intellectual objection to capitol punishment into a visceral disgust of same. It is a brilliant piece of writing, which also allows the reader a glimpse of the hard social criticism that underpins all of Yann Martel's work.
ZEr0
I think martel's introduction to this collection of essays is perfect. It talks about how he loved the themes of these stories and is proud of his early works. I liked the Helsinki Roccamatios--sad and well worded.
the other stories lost me. I think I know where he wanted to go with these, but I feel only the author could understand the real motivation.
Zan
After reading Pi, I was dying to read more Yann Martel. The next books I picked were quite different from that beautiful story. I enjoy reading his writing quite a bit, but he picks very difficult subject matter, and the Holocaust plays heavily in his serious themes. Several times the stories made me cry.
Gardataur
Life of Pi was superb. Glad Mr. Martel matured in his writing for he is
very talented and imaginative. This book was short stories, but none
really showed the same spark as Pi.
Any lover of the written word will enjoy Martel's stories, his play with concepts, His understanding of lifes pain and greaving