Indie Next ListFebruary 2009
Barry Unsworth's historical novels consistently manage to evoke comparisons with our own time. In his latest, as WWI becomes inevitable, competing American and European interests in Middle Eastern oil set off a complex chain of events that continues to resonate today. -- Russ Lawrence, Chapter One Book Store, Hamilton, MT
Set in pre-World War I Mesopotamia, "Land of Marvels" examines the struggles of John Somerville, a fame-hungry British archeologist. "There is something of E. M. Forster in Unsworth's knowing depiction of a decaying empire."-"The New Yorker."