The New Republic
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The New Republic

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Acclaimed author Lionel Shriver--author of the National Book Award finalist So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the vivid psychological novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, now a major motion picture--probes the mystery of charisma in a razor-sharp new novel that teases out the intimate relationship between terrorism and cults of personality, explores what makes certain people so magnetic, and reveals the deep frustrations of feeling overshadowed by a life-of-the-party who may not even be present.



"Shriver is a master of the misanthrope. . . . [A] viciously smart writer." --Time
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Product details

  • Paperback | 373 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 25mm | 272g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0062103334
  • 9780062103338

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Edgar Kellogg has always yearned to be popular. When he leaves his lucrative law career for a foreign correspondent post in a Portuguese backwater with a homegrown terrorist movement, Edgar recognizes Barrington Saddler, the disappeared reporter he's replacing, as the larger-than-life character he longs to emulate. Yet all is not as it appears. Os Soldados Ousados de Barba--"The Daring Soldiers of Barba" --have been blowing up the rest of the world for years in order to win independence for a province so dismal and backward that you couldn't give the rathole away. So why, with Barrington vanished, do incidents claimed by the "SOB" suddenly dry up? A droll, playful novel, The New Republic addresses terrorism with a deft, tongue-in- cheek touch while also pressing a more intimate question: What makes particular people so magnetic, while the rest of us inspire a shrug?
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The dialogue zings and the writing is jazzy. . . . [Shriver] can toss off a sharp sketch of a passing character in a phrase, and she s got a gimlet eye for what s phony, or affected, or even touchingly vain in human behavior. --"Entertainment Weekly""
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