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The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray
  

The Mark and the Void

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Joint winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2016.

Claude, dull workaholic investment banker crashing around in Dublin during the financial crisis, gives us an easy guide to the collapsing world economy throughout this novel. He leads an uneventful life. Enter Paul, an author with severe writer's block who wishes to observe Claude and immortalise him as the modern "Everyman". Suddenly Claude's life has a purpose. It soon becomes clear to the reader what Paul is really after and in pursuing his goal the comedy of the novel develops. With some charming comic set pieces (especially when the two pretend to be gay lovers) and although the publisher tells us Claude is to rob his own bank, it is another robbery altogether that steals the show. Nice one. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Synopsis

The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray

This is a comic masterpiece about love, art, greed and the banking crisis, from the author of Skippy Dies. What links the Investment Bank of Torabundo, www.myhotswaitress.com (yes, hots with an s, don't ask), an art heist, a novel called For the Love of a Clown, a four-year-old boy named after TV detective Remington Steele, a lonely French banker, a tiny Pacific island, and a pest control business run by an ex-KGB man? You guessed it...The Mark and the Void is Paul Murray's madcap new novel of institutional folly, following the success of his wildly original breakout hit, Skippy Dies. While marooned at his banking job in the bewilderingly damp and insular realm known as Ireland, Claude Martingale is approached by a down-on-his-luck author, Paul, looking for his next great subject. Claude finds that his life gets steadily more exciting under Paul's fictionalizing influence; he even falls in love with a beautiful waitress. But Paul's plan is not what it seems-and neither is Claude's employer, the Bank of Torabundo, which inflates through dodgy takeovers and derivatives-trading until-well, you can probably guess how that shakes out. The Mark and the Void is a stirring examination of the deceptions carried out in the names of art, love and commerce - and is also probably the funniest novel ever written about a financial crisis.

Reviews

'The Mark and the Void is so sensationally good...it takes the global financial crisis by its throat, and shakes it into giving birth to a wild, intelligent, angry, witty, uproariously funny, devastating novel' -- Neel Mukherjee

'The Mark and the Void is just as funny [as Skippy Dies] , though perhaps with an even deeper sense of alienation at its heart' Independent

'The Mark and the Void is Murray's best book yet - a wildly ambitious, state-of-the-nation novel, and a scabrously funny yet deeply humane satire on the continuing fall-out of the biggest financial crisis in 75 years. Think Bonfire of the Vanities with a heart' The Bookseller

About the Author

Paul Murray

Paul Murray was born in 1975. He studied English literature at Trinity College in Dublin. He has a Masters degree in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Paul was a former bookseller and his first novel, An Evening of Long Goodbyes, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2003 and was nominated for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award.

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Publication date

4th February 2016

Author

Paul Murray

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780241953860

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