When an acquaintance suggests a wild weekend in Las Vegas, Logan Smith, struggling to establish an academic career in Philadelphia, thinks it might be just the kind of bright lights and reckless fun he needs. What he doesn't expect is a personal lesson in blackjack from a beautiful, dangerous, red-headed croupier called Dallas Cole who is going to change his life forever. Uneasily transplanted to a campus in the bleak desert state of Arizona, Logan immerses himself in his research, and tentatively he begins to explore a new and revolutionary theory. Gradually, as his work takes shape, not only does Logan's personal life shift and turn hostile around him but the ideas he is pursuing turn out to have repercussions more far-reaching than he could have imagined: and if he is right in his theorising the very future of the planet is at stake. He must deal with temptation, self-doubt, betrayal and implacable opposition before he can follow his discovery through, and by the time Logan's theories are put to the test all the assumptions he has ever made are brought into question. Generous in its scope, deeply absorbing and effortlessly brilliant, this is one of those rare novels which makes you see the world afresh.
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Brilliantly assured first novel ... THE BURNING is terrific company ... could be the coolest novel of the year ( SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
An excellent, original novel with some extraordinary flourishes ( THE TIMES)
THE BURNING provides enormous emotional and intellectual satisfaction. It seems unlikely there will be a better debut this year ( INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
Legendre's impressive first novel derives much of its strength from traditional matters - adultery, divorce, betrayal, theft, academic rivalry - but much also from a sense that what is at stake goes beyond the personal. His protagonist, Logan, is an econ ( INDEPENDENT)
* A timely and compelling novel that brilliantly dramatises the economics both of impending environmental catastrophe and of human desire
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Descrizione libro Little, Brown, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Next day dispatch from the UK (Mon-Fri). Please contact us with any queries. Codice libro della libreria mon0000438964
Descrizione libro Little Brown London UK, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0316731919