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All That Man Is

All That Man Is

Author: David Szalay
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A Spectator / New Statesman / Daily Telegraph / Guardian / Times Literary Supplement / ObserverBook of the YearSHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 MAN BOOKER PRIZEWinner of the 2016 Gordon Burn PrizeNine men. Each of them at a different stage of life, each of them away from home, and each of them striving - in the suburbs of Prague, beside a Belgian motorway, in a cheap Cypriot hotel - to understand just what it means to be alive, here and now. Tracing an arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, All That Man Isbrings these separate lives together to show us men as they are - ludicrous and inarticulate, shocking and despicable; vital, pitiable, hilarious, and full of heartfelt longing. And as the years chase them down, the stakes become bewilderingly high in this piercing portrayal of 21st-century manhood.
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Men as they really are... An ingenious book from the exceptional Granta Best Young British Novelist


Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016


"Szalay's writing is exact and true and always subtly intelligent; this book is bracing and thrilling and chilling." -- Tessa Hadley

"This feels like a great novel driven by its overarching theme: what is my life, here and now, all about? ... Rarely has it been so brilliantly and chillingly spelled out." -- John Harding Daily Mail

"There is everything to relish about this intelligent, moving, thoroughly European search for the meaning of life ... It's hard to imagine reading a better book this year." -- Melissa Katsoulis Times

"Szalay exposes the vulnerability that belies young men's sexual bravado... Szalay takes us inside distinctive worlds." -- Max Liu Independent

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David Szalay is the author of three previous novels: Spring, The Innocent and London and the South-East, for which he was awarded the Betty Trask and Geoffrey Faber Memorial prizes. Raised in London, he has lived in Canada and Belgium, and is now based in Budapest. In 2013 he was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists.

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General Fields

  • : 9780224099769
  • : penguin random house
  • : Jonathan Cape
  • : April 2016
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Szalay
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 823.92
  • : 448