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  • Published: 1 August 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099497158
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $24.99

Lost Paradise

A wonderfully charming and mystical fable about angels, Australia and love.

Alma and Almut share a fascination for Australia and its ancient peoples; their ceremonies, sand drawings and body paintings. After Alma suffers a traumatic attack, they board a cheap flight from São Paulo to Sydney, and together begin their journey across their secret continent. Alma slowly recovers through a brief love affair with an Aboriginal artist, and both women become involved with the Angel Project in Perth, where actors dressed as angels are concealed around the city for the public to discover.

In a seemingly unconnected story, a man staying at a remote Alpine spa unexpectedly meets a woman he encountered years before and with whom he shared a single night. It was in a faraway city and she was dressed as an angel...

  • Published: 1 August 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099497158
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Cees Nooteboom

Cees Nooteboom was born in the Hague in 1933. He is a poet and the author of prize-winning fiction and travel books. In 1993 he won the Aristeion European Literature Prize for his novel The Following Story. His books have been translated into many languages.

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Praise for Lost Paradise

Nooteboom writes beautifully. His prose is clean and precise without feeling sparse, and he manages to combine clarity with intense lyricism

Rebecca Abrahams, Guardian

Nooteboom has shown himself a master of ironic wisdom, but also of elated, elegiac feeling

Ben Rogers, Independent on Sunday

A daring, poetic, provocative, cleansing novel

De Volkskrant

The Dutch grandmaster at the height of his powers

Frankfurter Rundschau

A stylish, successful novel. Mysterious, rich and very re-readable


Cees Nooteboom's new novel is inhabited by angels. Paradise seems to be in Australia, while hell is in São Paulo. Nooteboom has effortlessly reworked his travel stories into a surprising variation on an old theme


A beautifully told, mysterious story

Die Zeit

Beautiful, dreamlike and oddly beguiling

The Times

Damn Cees Nooteboom. I was so absorbed in his novel, which I was reading in an airport lounge, that I missed my flight, got separated from my luggage and had to spend the night in one of the dodgiest guest-houses in northern India...a charming, sinuous, playful novel...global, universal, in its scope and feeling

David Robson, Sunday Telegraph

The dense, layered, magical and innovative fictions of Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom, who was born in 1933, are always different...superb,elegant and vivid

Irish Times

A plot as finely tuned as a concert piano...this is a novel which finally soars

Glasgow Herald

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