By John Lanchester
One of the main referred to books of the yr, Capital is a sweeping social novel by means of the author hailed at the disguise of the New York occasions publication 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: endure Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going below, and the citizens of Pepys street, London—a banker and his shopaholic spouse, an previous lady demise of a mind tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani store proprietors and a shadowy refugee who works because the meter maid, the younger football famous person from Senegal and his minder—are receiving nameless postcards examining “We wish What You Have.” who's in the back of it? What do they need? Epic in scope but intimate, shooting the normal dramas of very diversified lives, this can be a novel of affection and suspicion, of economic cave in and terrorist possibility, of estate values going up and fortunes happening, and of a urban at a second of impressive stress.
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