In Extremis (Hardback)Tim Parks (author)
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Thomas knows there is something he needs to say to his mother before she dies. But will he reach her in time? And will he have the courage to say what he couldn't say before? His phone is buzzing, his mind is racing, and he can't concentrate on the significance of what is happening. Should he try to solve his friend's family crisis? Should he reconsider his separation from his wife? Why does he feel so utterly confused and paralysed? In his most exhilarating book to date, Tim Parks explores how profoundly our present identity is rooted in our family past. Can we ever really change?
In Extremis is one of the most implacable, but also one of the funniest, novels about death and family you will ever read.
‘A brilliant study, both psychological and physiological, of a male human being in late middle age: darkly funny, searingly honest, unputdownable.’ - David Lodge
‘In Extremis is simply spellbinding and quite unique in my reading experience; very funny and very existential, compact and chatty, complicated and raw. Every scene has a poignancy, everything is powerfully visual. The rich language flows in an unbroken rhythm, seamlessly connecting one moving episode after another. Parks has written a masterpiece!’ – Per Wästerberg, Nobel Prize Judge
A novelist, essayist, critic and Italophile, Tim Parks is probably best known for his works of non-fiction, mostly about Italy, where he has lived since 1981. These include several volumes of autobiography: Italian Neighbours, An Italian Education, A Season with Verona and Italian Ways, on and off the rails from Milan to Palermo, as well as a history of the Medici bank, Medici Money. He is also the author of numerous award-winning works of fiction, including Europa, Mimi’s Ghost, Cleaver, Sex is Forbidden and Thomas and Mary.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 605 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 32 mm
"Nobody tells this sort of story better than Tim Parks, who has a gift, unrivalled among his contemporaries, for capturing the sheer rapidity with which unconnected trains of thought hurtle round and round in the human brain. The novel is a tour de force of high-voltage storytelling" * Mail on Sunday *
"Head and shoulders above so many of the books turned out by similar writers... Parks, by being funny, explodes all that. This is a wonderfully written novel that draws us close to Thomas in spite of who he is, not, as a lesser author would have had it, because of how he's been carefully curated to be." -- Kirsty Gunn * Guardian *
"Tim Parks is a hugely talented writer, who deserves to be a good deal more celebrated than he is... thematically taut and compulsively paced. " * Sunday Times *
"Tim Parks's brilliant new comedy is an invigorating twist on the male mid-life crisis novel... A very funny, very clever novel that shows with tremendous verve how life is so often a beleaguering collision between the absurd and the profound." * Daily Mail *
"A frantic and minutely observed comedy of family, marriage, life and death. There is something in the synaptic twitch of Parks's prose that brings us closer to the pressures and rhythms of a lived life than the work of any other contemporary writer I can think of" -- Mike McCormack * New Statesman *
"Blazingly funny, full of squirmy physical comedy and weaselly shilly-shallying" -- Anthony Cummins * Observer *
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