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- DescriptionBrilliant, unclassifiable, and timeless, William Gerhardie was lauded by authors such as Graham Greene, H. G. Wells, and Evelyn Waugh, who believed him to be a genuine genius. The Polyglots is considered one of the underground masterpieces of English literature and, for William Boyd in particular, the most influential English-language vel of the 20th century. It tells of an eccentric Belgian family settled in the Far East during the turbulent years following World War I. Exiled and impoverished after the Russian Revolution, they receive a visit from a smug English cousin, Captain George Hamlet Alexander Biabologh, who enters their lives during a military mission and becomes witness to their misfortune. The story is filled with overwhelmingly peculiar characters: manic-depressives, obsessive-compulsives, and hypochondriacs. Halfway between Vladimir Nabokov's Ada or Ardor and Joseph Heller's Catch-22, The Polyglots portrays a delirious, tumultuous world in which the irrational surfaces when you least expect it and the legacy of Babel amplifies the unmistakable sound of man.
- Author BiographyWilliam Gerhardie was an acclaimed novelist who influenced many of his peers, including Graham Greene, Olivia Manning, Anthony Powell, Evelyn Waugh, and H. G. Wells. As a young man, he went to London, and when World War I broke out, he joined the army. He traveled the world before beginning to write. His novels include Doom, Futility, God's Fifth Column, Of Mortal Love, and Resurrection. Martin Schifino is the translator of The Pianist's Hands.
- Author(s)William Gerhardie
- PublisherEditorial Impedimenta
- Date of Publication01/04/2016
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintEditorial Impedimenta
- Weight476 g
- Width140 mm
- Height208 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Translated byMartin Schifino
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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