The Man in a Hurry
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The Man in a Hurry

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A feverish classic from one of the modern masters of French prose.


No one can keep up with Pierre Niox, the speediest antiques dealer in Paris, although not necessarily the most competent. As he dashes about at a dizzying pace, his impatience becomes too much to bear for those around him; his manservant, his only friend and even his cat abandon him. He begins to find that while he is racing through life, it is passing him by. However, when he falls in love with the languid, unpunctual Hedwige, the man in a hurry has to learn how to slow down...


'Probably the best French writer of the twentieth century after Proust and Celine' Philippe Sollers


'Morand was the all-round aesthete.' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian


'Admired both by Ezra Pound and by Marcel Proust as a pioneer craftsman of Modernist French prose (...) The sheer shapeliness of his prose recalls Hemingway; the urbanity of his self-destructiveness compares with Fitzgerald's; and his camera eye is as lucidly stroboscopic as that of Dos Passos' The New York Times



This feverish classic by one of the modern masters of French prose is a witty and touching parable for our busy times.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 120 x 165 x 33.02mm | 408.23g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1782270973
  • 9781782270973
  • 1,217,265

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"Pushkin Press's gorgeous new edition of Morand's masterpiece, written in 1941, is a shockingly clever farce. . . This is a strange book, written in prose as speedy as its impossible hero, and Morand deserves to be widely revisited both for the ageless appeal of his style and the specific (sometimes worrying) portrait of human nature at war with 1940s modernity." - Publishers Weekly

"Admired both by Ezra Pound and by Marcel Proust as a pioneer craftsman of Modernist French prose... The sheer shapeliness of his prose recalls Hemingway; the urbanity of his self-destructiveness compares with Fitzgerald's; and his camera eye is as lucidly stroboscopic as that of Dos Passos." - The New York Times

"The translation's prose is refined and worldly, the atmosphere European, the overall effect that of a jeu d'esprit. . . The four women's curious behavior recalls moments in Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels and Eugenides' Virgin Suicides." - Kirkus Reviews

"Morand was the all-round aesthete." - Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

"Morand was a citizen of the world, with a sharp eye and a neat turn of phrase." - Tablet

"Without a doubt the best French writer of the twentieth century." - Philippe Sollers
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Without doubt the best French writer of the twentieth century -- Philippe Sollers Admired both by Ezra Pound and by Marcel Proust as a pioneer craftsman of Modernist French prose (...) The sheer shapeliness of his prose recalls Hemingway; the urbanity of his self-destructiveness compares with Fitzgerald's; and his camera eye is as lucidly stroboscopic as that of Dos Passos. The New York Times Morand was the all-round aesthete. -- Nicholas Lezard Guardian Morand was a citizen of the world, with a sharp eye and a neat turn of phrase. The Tablet A French modernist on the scale of Proust and Celine... Pushkin Press's gorgeous new edition of Morand's masterpiece is a shockingly clever farce... Morand deserves to be widely revisited Publishers Weekly
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About Paul Morand

Paul Morand was born in Paris in 1888. After studying at the Ecole des Sciences Politiques he joined the diplomatic corps, serving in London, Rome, Berne and Bucharest. Tender Shoots , his first collection of stories, was introduced by Marcel Proust. In a long and busy life, he found time to write poetry, novels, short stories and travel books. Morand was made a member of the Academie Francaise in 1963 and died in 1976. His books Hecate and Her Dogs, Tender Shoots, Venices and The Allure of Chanel are also published by Pushkin Press.




Born in Paris in 1919, Michel Deon is the author of more than 50 works of fiction and non-fiction, including The Foundling Boy. A member of the Academie francaise, he lives in Ireland.
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