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How well do we know other people - even when we all belong to a small ex-pat community in a foreign capital? Allan Massie's edgy and disturbing study of English-speaking alcoholics living in Rome examines this great literary theme - and does much more besides. The broken people who inhabit this stark and inventive novel live their intense and meaningful relationships a few steps removed from the noise and bustle of the host community that surrounds them - a sympathetically portrayed backdrop, whose ""noises off"" remind the reader of a steadier, less isolated world beyond the central characters, whose obsessions we follow through a vibrant, fast-paced and compelling dialogue. The words and thoughts of these characters in most cases reveal not so much self-interest as the total isolation of the human self, but the author's acute analysis is mitigated by moments of tenderness and humor.

    

Used availability for Allan Massie's Surviving

Paperback Editions

January 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Surviving (Vagabonds)
Author(s): Allan Massie
ISBN: 1-908251-11-5 / 978-1-908251-11-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vagabond Voices
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June 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Surviving (Vagabond)
Author(s): Allan Massie
ISBN: 0-9560560-2-4 / 978-0-9560560-2-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vagabond Voices
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

January 2013 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Surviving (Vagabond)
Author(s): Allan Massie
Publisher: Vagabond Voices
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA