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McGregor, Jon

ISBN 10: 0747599440 / ISBN 13: 9780747599449
Editorial: Bloomsbury, 2010
Usado Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Fine first printing in original illustrated wraps. A softback/hardback hybrid. An unread, new copy in perfect state. Signed by the author to the title page, without inscription. With Hatchards' 'Signed Copy' wraparound. As an enthusiastic collector myself I make every effort to provide a high level of service. Paypal accepted. Enquiries welcomed. N° de ref. de la librería 006270

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Editorial: Bloomsbury

Año de publicación: 2010

Encuadernación: Illustrated Wraps

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author

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They break down the door at the end of December and carry his body away. On a still and frozen day between Christmas and New Year, a man's body is found lying in his ruined flat. Found, and then taken away, examined, investigated and cremated. As the state begins its detailed, dispassionate inquest, the man embarks on his last journey through a world he has not ventured into, alive, for years. In his wake, a series of fractured narratives emerge from squats and alleyways across the city: the short and stark story of the man, and of his friends who look on from the shadows, keeping vigil as the hours pass, paying their own particular homage. As they watch, their stories unfurl layer by layer; stories of lives fallen through the cracks, hopes flaring and dying, love overwhelmed by a stronger need, and the havoc wrought by drugs, distress and the disregard of the wider world. Intense, exhilarating, and shot through with hope and fury, Even the Dogs is an intimate exploration of life at the edges of society; littered with love, loss, despair and a glimpse of redemption.


`Absolutely OUTSTANDING ... the section where he talks about the soldier being blown up and the heroin being processed is one of the best I have ever read ... an incredible book, I just adored it' --Colum McCann

`A poignant howl from the underbelly of British society ... In language that is rich with intonation and held together by a deep internal rhythm, McGregor guides his reader through the "needles, knives and cigarettes, cutting and burning and piercing" ... McGregor is a breathtakingly good writer. Even the Dogs leaves the reader with a sense of solidarity, and many moments of tenderness. McGregor's register of battered lives reads like a eulogy to the human heart' --The Times

`McGregor brings the underclass we instinctively turn away from into razor-sharp and sympathetic focus. A stone cold brilliant achievement' --John Harvey

`A rare combination of profound empathy and wonderful writing' --Mark Haddon

`It is a remarkable novel, the disjointed, stuttering, fractured, staccato interwoven monologues a truly brilliant weaving of plot and character, the tone exquisitely rendered, and the street people, their subterranean tribal solidarity, their feelings for each other, both brave and brutal, are captured beautifully. As one who has lived on the street, I can verify its honest take on the life there, the rhythms of the prose emblematic of the narrators. I haven't seen a book recently that compares to the risks [McGregor has] taken here, something most contemporary novelists have neither the courage nor the talent to take. I read it twice ... I don't do that very often, I can tell you'
--Patrick Lane, author of Red Dog, Red Dog

'Briton Jon McGregor's stark, lyrical third novel is devastating, on all counts, graphics and exacts; chronicling the present, the now, our reality, and written with all the beauty of a terrible lament ... it is profound and humane. He has entered a world with respect, not irony, and has tried neither to explain, nor justify, but to understand ... It is a work of art as well as a subtle polemic ... McGregor's layering of language is remarkable, as are his tone shifts and linguistic control.' --Irish Times, February 2010

'a courageous and passionate novel...shows McGregor to be one of the few young English writers taking genuine risks with language and form' --Observer, February 2010

`McGregor has the ability to give voice to unexplored aspects of our everyday lives.' --Sunday Times, January 2010

`an ambitious story from a novelist who, even when telling the bleakest of stories, maintains the gift of beautiful prose.' --Books Quarterly, January 2010

`Even The Dogs is a short, brilliant and beautiful lesson in empathy'
--Daily Mail, February 2010

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