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The Vices

The Vices

(2011)
A novel by

 
Oliver Vice, 41, prominent philosopher, scholar, and art collector, is missing and presumed dead, over the side of Queen Mary 2.

Troubled by his friend's possible suicide, the unnamed narrator of Lawrence Douglas' new novel launches an all-consuming investigation into Vice's life history. Douglas, moving backward through time, tells a mordantly humorous story of fascination turned obsession, as his narrator peels back the layers of the Vice family's rich and bizarre history. At the heart of the family are Francizka, Oliver's handsome, overbearing, vaguely anti-Semitic Hungarian mother, and his fraternal twin brother, Bartholomew, a gigantic and troubled young man with a morbid interest in Europe's great tyrants. As the narrator finds himself drawn into a battle over the family's money and art, he comes to sense that someone - or perhaps the entire family - is hiding an unsavory past. Pursuing the truth from New York to London, from Budapest to Portugal, he remains oblivious to the irony of the search: that in his need to understand Vice's life, he is really grappling with ambivalence about his own.

 
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: The Vices
Author(s): Lawrence Douglas
ISBN: 1-59051-415-7 / 978-1-59051-415-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Other Press
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Audio Editions

June 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: The Vices
Author(s): Lawrence Douglas
ISBN: 1-5226-6680-X / 978-1-5226-6680-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

June 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Vices
Author(s): Lawrence Douglas
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

June 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Vices
Author(s): Lawrence Douglas
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

August 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Vices
Author(s): Lawrence Douglas
Publisher: Other Press
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