When Steven Grlscz saves a young woman from throwing herself in front of a train he finds himself consumed by a love affair which transforms her from a suicidal, angry anorexic into a happy and beautiful young woman.
Then she vanishes without trace. Across the Thames on the morning George Winnicott, former head of the Anti-Terrorist Squad, is to begin his new job in charge of the City of London's most powerful anti-fraud body, he wakes from a nightmare screaming that he knows the meaning of life.
Later that day, a huge bomb explodes in the centre of London.
How are these events linked? What connects modern economics, a new take on the vampire concept, parachuting, pornography, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, financial fraud, terrorism, aliens, artificial intelligence, the meaning of life and the hardest crossword clue in the world? 13 years in the writing, this is a novel that engages with the way the modern world works - and in admitting that contemporary life is complex, impenetrable and often terrifying, it also asserts that there are ways to see the patterns emerging from the chaos.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 608 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/08/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552770828
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Review by JonQuirk
A multi-layered brilliant novel that explores social dislocation, the psyche of financial markets, the depths of the hypothalmus, quantum physics and much much more. Read this when you want to have tour mind stretched and answers explored for all those imponderables you have pushed to the back-burner. The Pan's Labyrinth of literature and the best book I have read in years.
Review by Parthurbook
A wide-ranging, meandering slab of a novel that's impossible to summarise. Recently republished (I think) in light of its prescience on the financial crisis. A brave attempt at a 'meaning-of-it-all' grand sweep, technically impressive but ultimately flawed, delivering its pessimistic premise at its close with a 'is that it?' climax. Nevertheless, it's an entertaining 600pages, which stimulates and challenges along the way. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I'd need to know you before I recommeded it to you. Definitely an acquired taste.