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VOYAGE TO THE END OF THE ROOM Stories: Fischer, Tibor


Fischer, Tibor

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ISBN 10: 0701173335 / ISBN 13: 9780701173333
Published by Chatto & Windus, London, 2003
Condition: Very fine. Soft cover
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First Edition. Softcover. Signed by Fischer on the title page. A raunchy, addictive novel by the author of THE COLLECTOR COLLECTOR, DON'T READ THIS BOOK IF YOU'RE STUPID, UNDER THE FROG, and THE THOUGHT GANG. Issued in softcover only in the UK. 8vo illustrated wrappers. Bookseller Inventory # 22830

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Publisher: Chatto & Windus, London

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Very fine.

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Oceane (conceived on a cross-Channel ferry) doesn't get out much. But then there's a lot you can do in your room. Voyage to the End of the Room is Tibor Fischer on top form - funny, provocative, foul-mouthed, ingenious, thoughtful, touching and completely original. Narrated by a woman who is equally funny, provocative, etc, on the surface it's a novel about a failed dancer turned computer-graphics designer who's been around the block but these days doesn't leave her house. At heart, though, it's a meditation on how and whether you can ever know other people, what is evil, what is reality, what is humanity - and can you fake them? Or is there a litmus test for the real thing? Reality constantly bumps up against virtual reality, as the novel pans around the globe from Brixton to the holiday island of Chuuk by way of Barcelona, the Balkans and the Humber Estuary, introducing a fantastical cast of irresistible characters and their stories - from sad whores and pseudo-travel agents in Lambeth to perfectly formed sexworkers and 'wetwork' specialists in the Club Babylon, a Spanish tower of Babel where our heroine used to work and bizarre deaths kept occurring; and from a scrupulously devious debt collector to mercenaries and other hard men in former Yugoslavia. There's a brilliant twist that jolts the whole novel into perspective, when Oceane starts getting letters from a friend who's been dead for 15 years, and is drawn into a mystery whose answer might, or might not, be found as far away as Micronesia. Voyage to the End of the Room should come with a health warning ('This book could seriously mess with your mind') - and it may very well be addictive.

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Tibor Fischer was born in Stockport in 1959 of Hungarian parents. Brought up in South London, where he now lives, he was educated at Cambridge and worked as a journalist. He was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his first novel, Under the Frog, which also won the Betty Trask Award, and he was nominated as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists.

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