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The Sensationist

(1991)
A novel by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
An English computer programmer is drawn into an obsessive, erotic affair in this emotionless novel. (Sept.)

Library Journal
What does a writer do for an encore when his first book, The Quincunx ( LJ 12/89), was an epic re-creation of a 19th-century English novel? Palliser returns with a slim volume that owes more to Kafka than Dickens. The titular sensationist is a modern everyman named David who takes an unspecified job in a nameless city. He relieves the emptiness of his life with episodes of furtive sex and drug-induced euphoria until he meets Lucy, a mercurial artist with a young daughter. Passion and cruelty mingle as they strive for an unachievable intimacy, their relationship and lives ultimately unraveling when David loses his job due to a ''system failure'' and Lucy's destructiveness turns tragic. Told in a fragmented style that echoes its theme, this novel convincingly explores system failures of the personal and social varieties. Recommended.-- Lawrence Rungren, Bedford Free P.L., Mass.

Genre: General Fiction

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January 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Sensationist
Author(s): Charles Palliser
ISBN: 0-224-02891-X / 978-0-224-02891-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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May 1991 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Sensationist
Author(s): Charles Palliser
ISBN: 0-345-36958-0 / 978-0-345-36958-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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July 1992 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Sensationist
Author(s): Charles Palliser
ISBN: 0-345-37935-7 / 978-0-345-37935-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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January 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sensationist (Picador Books)
Author(s): Charles Palliser
ISBN: 0-330-31843-8 / 978-0-330-31843-3 (UK edition)
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1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sensationist
Author(s): Charles Palliser
ISBN: 0-330-32207-9 / 978-0-330-32207-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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