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Through the character of Edgar Kellogg, ex fat kid, ex corporate lawyer and now wannabe journalist, Shriver explores the lengths you’ll go to and the things you’ll do when you are desperate to be known. It’s also important to remember, and interesting to note, when you read this that it was written in 1998, five years before her Orange Prize winner. A time capsule piece of wit, cynicism and satire.
A scalpel sharp political satire from the Orange Prize winning writer of We Need to Talk about Kevin. Edgar Kellogg has always yearned to be popular. Leaving his lucrative career as a lawyer for the sexier world of journalism, he's thrilled to be offered the post of foreign correspondent in a Portuguese backwater with a home-grown terrorist movement. Barrington Saddler, the disappeared larger-than-life reporter he's been sent to replace, is exactly the outsize character Edgar longs to emulate. 'The Daring Soldiers of Barba' have been blowing up the rest of the world for years in order to win independence for Barba, a province so dismal, backward and windblown that you couldn't give the rat hole away. So why, with Barrington vanished, do the terrorist incidents suddenly dry up?
Praise for THE NEW REPUBLIC:
'It takes guts to write a satire about terrorism - and Lionel Shriver has guts. Shriver is an incisive social satirist with a clear grip on the ironies of our contemporary age. Shriver's take on journalism and international politics is wry, insightful and just over the top enough to be fun
'Shriver has the kind of cojones few English-language novelists possess, male or female ... Barrington comes across as part Falstaff and part Kurtz, with a soupcon of Gatsby ... Edgar Kellogg himself is living a version of the American Dream of reinvention, but in Shriver's hands it's a version that travels through the heart of darkness and tests a man's soul'
& MAIL 'The New Republic stands at the confluence of a number of fine comic traditions ... we can only be thankful that Shriver got round to dusting down this comic tour de force for the outing it richly deserves
'Written with intelligence, wit and pizzazz'
'She is one of the most magnetically compelling writers working today. Witty, caustic and worldly'
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Publication date: 28/03/2013
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/06/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||28th March 2013|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Lionel Shriver's novels include the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the 2005 Orange Prize and has now sold over a million copies worldwide. Other books include Double Fault, A Perfectly Good Family, and So Much for That. Lionel’s novels have been translated into twenty-five different languages and. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London.More About Lionel Shriver