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A VERY PRIVATE LIFE.

Frayn, Michael.

ISBN 10: 0670745235 / ISBN 13: 9780670745234
Published by VIKING., NY, 1968
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First American Edition. Fine in a close to fine dj. (A few tiny edge nicks at spine ends on dj. Orange hue on spine of dj. unfaded). Bookseller Inventory # 29194

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Title: A VERY PRIVATE LIFE.

Publisher: VIKING., NY

Publication Date: 1968

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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'Once upon a time there will be a little girl called Uncumber . . .'

Uncumber lives in the distant future, in a world sharply divided between 'Insiders' and 'Outsiders'. The Insiders lead a privileged existence: never having to leave their homes, they enjoy a vastly prolonged lifespan, a regular supply of food and mind-altering drugs, and holographic entertainment at the push of a button. Meanwhile, the Outsiders, half-savage, inhabit a polluted wilderness of ruins and industrial waste, struggling for survival.

Uncumber has been warned never to go outside. But when she meets an Outsider on the Holovision and falls in love with him, she becomes curious and decides to venture out into the world ...

Equal parts dystopian science fiction and brilliant social satire, Michael Frayn's eerily prescient fourth novel A Very Private Life (1968) earned widespread critical acclaim and comparisons to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. This edition features a new introduction by the author.

'A weird and frightening intensity.' - Time

'Easily the most original thing Frayn has done ... written with elegant simplicity.' - New Statesman

'An ingenious fable ... at times poetically imaginative.' - Sunday Times

'An intriguing fantasy.' - Sunday Telegraph

About the Author:

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist on the Guardian and the Observer. His novels include Towards the End of the Morning, The Trick of It and A Landing on the Sun. Headlong (1999) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and Spies (2002) won the Whitbread Best Novel Award. His most recent novel, Skios, was longlisted for the Booker Prize. His fifteen plays range from Noises Off to Copenhagen and, most recently, Afterlife. He is married to the writer Claire Tomalin.

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