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Asymmetry Hardcover – 1 Mar 2018

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Publications Ltd (1 Mar. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781783783601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783783601
  • ASIN: 1783783605
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Lisa Halliday's Asymmetry is elegant, funny, ingenious, profound and wildly enjoyable. You'll read it in one sitting, only pausing now and again to check the endpapers and confirm that this is indeed a first novel. I loved, admired and envied this novel. It's a wonder'--Zadie Smith

'Scorchingly intelligent [Asymmetry] is a clever comedy of manners [...] which poses deep questions about free will, fate and freedom, the all-powerful accident of one's birth and how life is alchemized into fiction' -- New York Times

'Daring [with] deliciously fertile ambiguities [and] a delicately devastating irony... this is a debut asking a dizzying number of questions, many to thrilling effect. That it leaves the reader wondering is a mark of its success' -- Guardian

'The reveal is both astonishing and retrospectively inevitable. Halliday has written a transgressive roman á clef, a novel of ideas and a politically engaged work of metafiction. Asymmetry is extraordinary' -- New York Times

'[Asymmetry] eviscerates [and] delves into power imbalances with an implacability fit for our time' --Observer

'Lisa Halliday's first novel is the rarest of literary beasts: a work with proper avant-garde credentials' -- Sunday Times

[Asymmetry] explode[s] the power imbalances of modern life. From the personal to the political, it shines a light on disparities between male and female, East and West, old and young -- and comes to a conclusion you won't forget' --Sunday Telegraph

'Absorbing and dazzling' --Daily Mail

About the Author

Lisa Halliday has worked as a freelance editor and translator in Milan, where she lives with her husband. Her short story 'Stump Louie' appeared in The Paris Review in 2005, and she received a Whiting Award for Fiction in 2017. Asymmetry is her first novel.

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