It's the night before the feast in the village of Fürstenfelde (population: an odd number). The village is asleep. Except for the ferryman--he's dead. And Mrs. Kranz, the night-blind painter, who wants to depict her village for the first time at night. A bell-ringer and his apprentice want to ring the bells--the only problem is that the bells have gone. A vixen is looking for eggs for her young, and Mr. Schramm is discovering more reasons to quit life than to quit smoking.
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A brilliant, quirky entertainment.
A village fully in the present, yet rife with legends. In Before The Feast, this villagetells its own story--a novel as compelling multi-voiced chorale put in prose.
Before the Feast is a big book in every sense: it's vibrant, compassionate, and knowing. Stanisic channels an almost reckless energy into a novel that's at once sprawling and controlled.--Stephen Sparks, Green Apple Books on the Park