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Victor, an eighty-year-old multimillionaire, surveys his empire from the remoteness of his cloud-capped penthouse. Expensively insulated from the outside world, he nonetheless finds that memories of his impoverished childhood will not be kept so easily at bay. Focusing on the one area of vitality and chaos that remains in the streets below him, he formulates a plan to leave a mark on the city -- one as indelible and disruptive as the mark the city left on him.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 28mm | 258.55g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0330453335
  • 9780330453332
  • 514,978

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'Presents Crace's heavily politicised vision at its most ambitious and also at its most Ballard-like' Irish Times 'A deeply satisfying read, in which each well-turned phrase resounds in every finely tuned sentence' Mail on Sunday 'A celebration of the modern city ... in such vivid prose that you can almost see the bloom on the peaches, taste the sun-ripened oranges and smell the coffee at the market traders' stalls' Sunday Times

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About Jim Crace

Jim Crace is the author of Continent, The Gift of Stones, Arcadia, Signals of Distress, Quarantine (1998 Whitbread Novel of the Year; shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Being Dead (2001 National Book Critics' Circle Award), The Devil's Larder, Six and The Pesthouse. His novels have been translated into twenty-six languages. In 1999 Jim Crace was elected to the Royal Society of Literature.

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