Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014
The new novel from Joseph O'Neill, his first since the Man Booker longlisted and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction-winning Netherland.
In 2007, a New York attorney bumps into an old college buddy - and accepts his friend's offer of a job in Dubai, as the overseer of an enormous family fortune. Haunted by the collapse of his relationship and hoping for a fresh start, our strange hero begins to suspect that he has exchanged one inferno for another.
A funny and wholly original work of international literature, The Dog is led by a brilliantly entertaining anti-hero. Imprisoned by his endless powers of reasoning, hemmed in by the ethical demands of globalized life, he is fatefully drawn towards the only logical response to our confounding epoch.
"['Netherland'] did not make the (Man Booker) shortlist, but ‘The Dog' really should. It is the sort of enraged, brutal, witty and at times brilliant book that leaves you worrying about the mental state of its writer." (Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times)
"An excellent fourth novel … A finely crafted absurdist drama, written in sometimes thrillingly convoluted but never clunky prose." (Metro)
"He is our only truly international writer, exploring contemporary subjects that have global resonance in books that brim with breathtaking but always carefully modulated prose … It's the favourite and it deserves to win [the Man Booker]." (Irish Independent)
Praise for ‘Netherland':
"An exquisitely written novel, a large fictional achievement, and one of the most remarkable post-colonial books I have ever read." (James Wood, New Yorker)
"[I have] not read anything that quite so brilliantly captured the exuberant madness and cultural diversity of [New York]." (Jeremy Paxman, Guardian (Books of the Year))
"There is a very special sort of gratitude you can feel for a book that is so formidably written that it has you anxious to get back to it and pining a little bit to be away from it." (Sebastian Barry, Guardian (Books of the Year))
"Dazzling … and told with great grace and daring." (Kate Summerscale, Sunday Telegraph (Books of the Year))
"The post-9/11 novel we've been waiting for: a witty, vivid, aphoristic, fiercely intelligent narrative." (Philip French, Observer (Books of the Year))
"Too good for the Booker." (Robert McCrum, Observer (Books of the Year))
""Netherland" is so expertly woven that it is impossible for a reader not to admire what it essentially is - a beautifully written exploration of memory and self." (Sunday Telegraph)
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A slow burner to start,
- Ms. S. Roux
So glad to have discovered this author