Asymmetry (Hardback)
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Asymmetry (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 01/03/2018

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'Lisa Halliday's first novel is the rarest of literary beasts: a work with proper avant-garde credentials whose warmest reception might be among gossip columnists.' - The Sunday Times

In New York, Alice, a young editor, begins an affair with Ezra Blazer, a world-famous, much older writer. At Heathrow airport, Amar, an Iraqi-American economist en route to Kurdistan, finds himself detained for the weekend. What draws these characters together, and how do their lives connect, if at all?

Playful and inventive, tender and humane, Asymmetry is a novel which illuminates the power plays and imbalances of contemporary life - between young and old, West and Middle East, fairness and injustice, talent and luck, and the personal and the political.

In her debut work of fiction, Lisa Halliday brings a certain degree of knowing autobiography into a tale of a young woman's relationship with a much-older writer, having previously publically discussed her relationship with Philip Roth, conducted in her twenties. Asymmetry however is no crude tell-all, but instead a subtly-observed chronicle of control and power, slipping into the daringly experimental with its final section audaciously set around Ezra Blazer’s appearance on Desert Island Discs. Recommended.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783783601
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 17 mm

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“Something different!”

The main theme of this book is the connections between the characters. As we begin Alice is working at a publishing company in New York and has an affair with a prize winning author. Next Amar, an economist finds... More

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“Most inventive debut of the year....”

This stunning debut " novel " in three parts. In part one, we have a May-to-December love story between ageing writer and young woman. In the second part an Iraqi American held at Heathrow Airport and part... More

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“Stunning!”

I´ve kept this book aside to read again in a few months

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