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Politics

(2003)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel (nominee)
Moshe -- young, half-Jewish, hyper -- loves Nana. But love can be difficult. It is especially difficult if you both want to be kind to someone else. And Moshe and Nana want to be kind to Anjali -- a second-generation Indian actress with an ambiguous sex life.

Politics explores crucial domestic problems of sexual etiquette. What should the sleeping arrangements be in a ménage à trois? Is it polite to read while two people have sex beside you? Is it permissible to be jealous?

Politics is a comedy about kindness. It is also a love story. It is a love story with digressions.

It considers Milan Kundera, blow jobs, Chairman Mao's personal hygiene, Bollywood, Václav Havel, shopping, Hitler's sexual fetishes, selfishness, Osip Mandelstam, premature ejaculation, the late Queen Mother, thrush, Stalin on the phone, politeness, pink fluffy handcuffs, and Antonio Gramsci's theory of hegemony.

Politics is not about politics.

Tender, shocking, and playful, Politics is the most original fiction debut this year.


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September 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Politics
Author(s): Adam Thirlwell
ISBN: 0-00-716366-5 / 978-0-00-716366-3 (UK edition)
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Title: Politics
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ISBN: 0-224-07104-1 / 978-0-224-07104-8 (UK edition)
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August 2004 : UK Paperback
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ISBN: 0-00-716367-3 / 978-0-00-716367-0 (UK edition)
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Title: Politics
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ISBN: 0-09-945902-7 / 978-0-09-945902-6 (UK edition)
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October 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Politics
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ISBN: 0-00-717061-0 / 978-0-224-07147-5 (UK edition)
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December 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Politics
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December 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Politics
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December 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Politics
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March 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Politics
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October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Politics: A Novel
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Publisher: Harper
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