robert cabot

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That Sweetest Wine

The Mediterranean island villagers in “Breath of the Earth” recall the joys and misery of past lives, the heroes of battle against pirates and harsh gods, no less than their natural world now slipping away. Set largely in New England, in “Rat in the Boardroom” the founder of an economic empire lies abandoned in his dotage on his sick bed, possessing a blindness which will afflict his descendants. In the final novella, “Touch of Dust”, set largely in Italy, a man’s life is played out against a chorus of his mother, his father, his wives. Free-spirited youth, soldier in the Second World War, painter, sailor outcast, lover—he was all of these and none of these, and yet...

Reviews

“ ...an exemplary trio of novellas, each occupied with the theme of reconciliation to oneself and one’s losses, presented in often stunning prose.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Robert Cabot’s new book is as good a piece of writing as anything coming out of the United States. ‘That Sweetest Wine’ deserves and surely will get wide readership.”
–Farley Mowat

“ ...primarily concerned with the twin realms of memory and regret... a mourning song for an all but forsaken natural world... a beauteous tribute to the natural world.”
Review of Contemporary Fiction

“ ...with gratitude for the beautiful lyricism of your fine work.”
–John Nichols

“Intensely dramatic, lyrically expressive and suffused with passionate feeling... Cabot’s prose shimmers with poetic imagery... ”
Publishers Weekly


Awards

Independent Publishers 2000 Finalist Book Award

Kirkus Reviews Book of the Month

Selected Works

novels
"This powerful story of life-long friendship between two men is alive with vibrant details, and told in an extraordinarily musical, sonorous, evocative voice. Cabot puts his characters against a rich background of human striving and natural tumult. He fearlessly shows how a loving man can be powerless to save his best friend, or anyone, from his own fatal search for a mystical answer to the soul's questions." Susan Cheever. "The Isle of Khería" has been awarded the 2012 Independent Publishers Literary Fiction Silver Award. It is being translated into Greek by Ismene Kapantae for publication in 2015 by Hestia Publishers & Booksellers, Athens.
“ ...an exemplary trio of novellas, each occupied with the theme of reconciliation to oneself and one’s losses, presented in often stunning prose.”–Kirkus. “Robert Cabot’s new book is as good a piece of writing as anything coming out of the United States. ”–Farley Mowat. “ ...with gratitude for the beautiful lyricism of your fine work.” –John Nichols. “Intensely dramatic, lyrically expressive and suffused with passionate feeling... Cabot’s prose shimmers with poetic imagery... ” –Publishers Weekly. "That Sweetest Wine" received the Independent Publishers 2000 Finalist Award
“A novel of enormous talent…lyrical, resonant, evocative…written con amore…tremendous control and skill…”
–William Fadiman
"The book is full of loveliness..." -- New York Times Book Review "Cabot writes with stunning power..." -- Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times "Pushes back the conventional limits of fiction...an eloquent achievement." -- Mark Shorer "A book that belongs in print for the sake of the world." -- Malcolm Cowley