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Publisher Dufour Editions
Publication date December 15, 2009
Pages 224
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780956056023
ISBN-10 0956056024
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $19.95
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: How well do we know other people - even when we all belong to a small ex-pat community in a foreign capital? Allan Massie's edgy and disturbing study of English-speaking alcoholics living in Rome examines this great literary theme - and does much more besides. The broken people who inhabit this stark and inventive novel live their intense and meaningful relationships a few steps removed from the noise and bustle of the host community that surrounds them - a sympathetically portrayed backdrop, whose ""noises off"" remind the reader of a steadier, less isolated world beyond the central characters, whose obsessions we follow through a vibrant, fast-paced and compelling dialogue. The words and thoughts of these characters in most cases reveal not so much self-interest as the total isolation of the human self, but the author's acute analysis is mitigated by moments of tenderness and humor.

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