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The first new novel Oe has published since winning the Nobel Prize Somersault is a magnificent story of the charisma of leaders the danger of zealotry and the mystery of faithA decade before the story opens two men referred to as the Patron and Guide of mankind were leaders of an influential religious movement When a radical faction of their followers threatened to unleash an apocalypse they recanted all of their teachings and abandoned their followers Now after ten years of silen. I really liked A Personal Matter but I couldn't read than about 20 pages of this

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