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Surviving

(2009)
A novel by

 
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.

 
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Paperback Editions

January 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Surviving (Vagabonds)
Author(s): Allan Massie
ISBN: 1-908251-11-5 / 978-1-908251-11-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vagabond Voices
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 2009 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: 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   


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