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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press; First edition (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908968192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908968197
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,510,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This very funny satire about the stuffy little world of literature could be set anywhere... It's a hoot, written with a shrewd eye for the absurdity of certain literary egos (The Times)

A five-star satire on literary vanity ... A wonderful, surprising novel with a rich payload of emotion behind the caricature (Metro)

Very funny ... lucidly translated (Lucy Popescu Huffington Post)

[Bologna's] smart new novel ... [has a] smooth, knowing narrator ... shrewd and precise, often comic, with a cool eye for the truth of these characters (Daniel Hahn Independent)

A satire of Swiftian rancour... the parrots of the title act as apt metaphors for the endless churn of appropriation and pastiche that passes for literary originality... Bologna has a gift, preserved in Howard Curtis's crisp translation, for the comically jolting simile (Nat Segnit TLS)

A scathing satire about the murky world of Italy's prestigious literary awards... Bologna paints a comically grim picture of a culture of back-stabbing and deceit (Financial Times)

Tacks between high literary majesty and good hard slapstick without ever capsizing... scintillating... that rarest of books: a damn decent novel about writers... terrific (Samuel Ashworth Brooklyn Rail)

About the Author

Filippo Bologna was born in Tuscany in 1978. He lives in Rome where he works as a writer and screenwriter. His debut novel How I Lost the War is also published by Pushkin Press.

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