By Steven Galloway
It's the summer season of 1976 and Salvo Ursari, a guy of retirement age, is jogging on a taut twine strung among the dual Towers of recent York's international alternate middle, nearly fourteen hundred ft above the town. a long way under him within the gaping crowd stands his spouse, Anna, to whom he has made a solemn promise: This cord stroll will finish his profession. during this bold second, Steven Galloway opens his riveting novel approximately Salvo Ursari, whose existence starts in 1919 amid a Transylvanian boyhood inhabited through gypsy folklore and encouraged by way of the bravery of his persecuted humans. Salvo's tale strikes irresistibly from a sad hearth that envelops his kin, to highway existence in Budapest, the place he learns the talents of a cord walker, to the carnivals of Europe and the aggressive global of the yankee circus. so much fulfilled whilst residing with paradox, Salvo feels most secure whereas acting startling feats of stability on a twine excessive above the harmful global; and such a lot endangered if appearing above a web. With compassion, heat, and blazing originality, Ascension combines jaw-dropping storytelling, and fantastical symbolism with captivating element of Romany and circus tradition, and an unforgettable stroll with the superb Salvo Ursari.
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