Rui S., a political historian, is unable to accept the circumstances of his life: his mother's death from cancer, his estrangement from his family, his rejection by his first wife and children, his political vacillations and his ambigious feelings for his second wife.

An Explanation of the Birds 1995, Grove Press

ISBN-13: 9780802134202

Trade paperback

An Explanation of the Birds 1991, Grove/Atlantic

ISBN-13: 9780802113399

American edition