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The Tournament

(2002)
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A novel of the 20th century in which the greatest thinkers and personalities engage in a two-week tennis tournament.

"If you didn't know better you'd think this city had gone crazy. The streets of Paris are full of celebrities and media, and out at the stadium the crowds are already huge as players pound the practice courts in preparation for the greatest tournament of the modern era. At the airport, where they've opened three more runways and put on extra staff, players and officials have been arriving like migrating birds. From all corners they've come, the stars of the modern game. What a line-up!" --from The Tournament

The most unusual tennis tournament in history is about to start. Albert Einstein is seeded fourth, Chaplin, Freud, and van Gogh are in the top rankings, and seeded first is Tony Chekhov. In all, 128 players--everyone from Louis Armstrong to George Orwell, Gertrude Stein to Coco Chanel--are going to fight it out until the exhilarating final match on center court.

The Tournament is a funny, strange, and beguiling book in which, game by game and match by match, the world's most creative thinkers put their tennis skills to the ultimate test. And if you read carefully, you'll be set for life--having learned the cultural history of the 20th century!

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Hardback Editions

September 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Tournament: A Novel of the 20th Century
Author(s): John Clarke
ISBN: 1-4013-0092-8 / 978-1-4013-0092-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Books
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June 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Tournament
Author(s): John Clarke
ISBN: 1-84119-781-5 / 978-1-84119-781-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Paperback Editions

2002 : Australia Paperback
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Title: The Tournament
Author(s): John Clarke
ISBN: 1-877008-37-0 / 978-1-877008-37-5 (Australia edition)
Publisher: The Text Publishing Company
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Kindle Editions

September 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Tournament: A Novel of the 20th Century
Author(s): John Clarke
Publisher: Hachette Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA