A gripping black comedy from the author of the critically acclaimed Waxwings
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In a brave new post-9/11 world jumpy Seattle bears little resemblance to the city Lucy Bengstrom dreamed of as a girl. Living alone with her eleven-year-old daughter Alida, she looks to her journalism to make sense of it all. Yet with Alida drifting into adolescence and the home she's built up for them under threat, it's clear to Lucy that life is changing. Finding herself under intense scrutiny and faced with her toughest assignment yet, she begins to rebel against everything her personal and professional life has taught her. ‘Chastening and darkly funny . . . For all its gloomy prognostications on the way society is heading, Surveillance will only leave you wanting more’ Anthony Quinn, Daily Telegraph 'Surveillance is a work that confirms Raban as one of the most original commentators on the times in which we live’ William Skidelsky, New Statesman ‘A dense human comedy about truth and lies . . . He writes easily, his prose is relaxed, conversational, his observations shrewd . . . Surveillance is a novel for and about a US in which everyone wants to be American and in which security is the new terror. Raban’s offbeat narrative is a cautionary one dealing with the upheaval of the crisis known as Now’ Eileen Battersby, Irish TimesAbout the Author:
Jonathan Raban is the author of several award-wininning novels. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Harpers, the Guardian and other publications. Raban moved from London to Seattle in 1990.
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Descrizione libro Picador, 2007. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. No.1 BESTSELLERS - great prices, friendly customer service â€" all orders are dispatched next working day. Codice libro della libreria mon0000199986
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Descrizione libro Pan Books, Great Britain, 2007. Medium Trade Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 327 pages. Multiple copies of this title available. In the not-too-distant future, national identity cards are mandatory, and America has become obsessed with intelligence-gathering. The government's scrutiny is omnipresent, civilians freely indulge their curiosity on the Internet, journalists pursue their investigations with relentless determination, and children both snoop on their parents and manipulate new technologies. In Seattle, the unfulfilled actor Tad Zachary now performs mostly in the Department of Homeland Security's fictional disaster scenarios, while his friend and neighbor Lucy Bengstrom struggles to support her eleven-year-old daughter, Alida, on a freelance journalist's meager income - with their landlord providing additional threats. Then Lucy is assigned to write a profile of August Vanags, a retired professor turned best-selling author with his memoir of a childhood ravaged by World War II, but the validity of his account grows questionable, even as Lucy and Alida are charmed by both Vanags and his lonesome wife. Everyone here is under surveillance or conducting it, and at risk of confusing what might be true for what actually is - a distinction not easily honored in a time of personal stress and widespread panic, when terrorist attack and literary fraud lurk around every corner. With precision and compassion, Jonathan Raban captures not only a peculiar period in our ongoing history but also a rich variety of lives caught up in fault lines that reach throughout society. Quantity Available: 8. Category: Fiction; Thrillers; ISBN/EAN: 9780330418393 . Inventory No: 10070056. This item is in stock in our Australian warehouse. We are not dropshippers. Codice libro della libreria 10070056