By John Lanchester
One of the main said books of the yr, Capital is a sweeping social novel via the author hailed at the disguise of the New York instances ebook Review as “a brainy, pleasure-loving polymath.”
Celebrated novelist John Lanchester (author of The Debt to Pleasure) returns with an epic novel that captures the obsessions of our time. It’s 2008 and issues are falling aside: undergo Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going below, and the citizens of Pepys street, London—a banker and his shopaholic spouse, an outdated lady loss of life of a mind tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani store vendors and a shadowy refugee who works because the meter maid, the younger football megastar from Senegal and his minder—are receiving nameless postcards studying “We wish What You Have.” who's in the back of it? What do they need? Epic in scope but intimate, taking pictures the standard dramas of very diversified lives, it is a novel of affection and suspicion, of economic cave in and terrorist danger, of estate values going up and fortunes happening, and of a urban at a second of amazing pressure.
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