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Dr Petworth, a person of no great interest at all, is the practised "cultural traveller" at the heart of Bradbury's hilarious, witty and surprising novel, set in the capital city of a small eastern European nation known as the bloody battlefield of Europe. 'Malcolm Bradbury is a brilliantly funny writer. There are scenes in Rates of Exchange that must rank among the funniest he has written . . . Petworth's arrival in Slaka is splendidly done - the humiliations of life in transit have seldom been described with such exactness and wit' Evening Standard 'Rates of Exchange is a polished, skilful, stimulating novel that touches, comically though no less thoughtfully for that, on many important themes: language barriers, alienation, East-West relations, realism and reality' Times Literary Supplement
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Malcolm Bradbury was a well-known novelist, critic and academic, and founder of the creative writing department at the University of East Anglia. He was the author of seven novels, including The History Man and Rates of Exchange, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He was awarded a knighthood in 2000 and died the same year.Review:
'Explosively funny' Daily Telegraph 'The work of a master not only of language and comedy, but of feeling too' Claire Tomalin 'A satirist of great assurance and accomplishment.' Observer
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Book Description Picador, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0330390333