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The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix by Paul Sussman
  

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Fans of Sussman’s tremendous historical adventures will be very surprised by this. It was his first novel and yet the last to be published. Sadly he died recently aged only 45. This is a real shaggy dog tale of an old man who intends to commit suicide on his 100th birthday, just ten days away. He was born in 1900. Since he was ten years old he has carried a stolen suicide pill around with him but before he uses it he has a confession to make. He writes this on the walls of his mini castle in receding order. His confession is to ten murders! We get them all, one crazy episode after another until the end which is most surreal. It is a charming work, beautifully told, quirky and oddball.

If you like Paul Sussman you might also like to read books by Steve Berry, Gavin Extence and Rachel Joyce.

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The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix by Paul Sussman

'My name is Raphael Ignatius Phoenix and I am a hundred years old - or will be in ten days' time, in the early hours of January 1st, 2000, when I kill myself...' Raphael Ignatius Phoenix has had enough. Born at the beginning of the 20th century, he is determined to take his own life as the old millennium ends and the new one begins. But before he ends it all, he wants to get his affairs in order and put the record straight. That includes making sense of his own long life - a life that spanned the century. He decides to write it all down and, eschewing the more usual method of pen and paper, begins to record his story on the walls of the isolated castle that is his final home. Beginning with a fateful first adventure with Emily, the childhood friend who would become his constant companion, Raphael remembers the multitude of experiences, the myriad encounters and, of course, the ten murders he committed along the way...And so begins one man's wholly unorthodox account of the twentieth century - or certainly his own riotous, often outrageous, somewhat unreliable and undoubtedly singular interpretation of it.


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'More than lives up to its promise...It's the first novel Sussman ever wrote, yet the things that made him such a distinctive writer - his boundless imagination, his love of the bizarre, his ability to keep a complex plot bowling along - are already firmly in place. The book is as darkly funny as it is original.' JOHN PRESTON, Mail on Sunday

'Chaotic, surreal, tricksy and so alive... Sussman's first written and last published novel has shades of Vonnegut, Donleavy and Golding's Pincher Martin. Loved it' JONATHAN GRIMWOOD, author of The Last Banquet

About the Author

Paul Sussman

Paul Sussman’s two great passions have always been writing and archaeology. He fulfils the former by working as a freelance journalist and the latter by spending two months of each year excavating in Egypt. He is thirty-five and lives in London with his wife.

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Publication date

4th December 2014

Author

Paul Sussman

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Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780552779678

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