Lionel Shriver The New Republic

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The New Republic

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9780062107190: The New Republic

A scalpel sharp political satire from the Orange Prize winning writer of We Need to Talk about Kevin.

Edgar Kellogg has always yearned to be popular. Leaving his lucrative career as a lawyer for the sexier world of journalism, he’s thrilled to be offered the post of foreign correspondent in a Portuguese backwater with a home-grown terrorist movement. Barrington Saddler, the disappeared larger-than-life reporter he’s been sent to replace, is exactly the outsize character Edgar longs to emulate.

‘The Daring Soldiers of Barba’ have been blowing up the rest of the world for years in order to win independence for Barba, a province so dismal, backward and windblown that you couldn’t give the rat hole away. So why, with Barrington vanished, do the terrorist incidents suddenly dry up?

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Acclaimed author Lionel Shriver--author of the National Book Award finalist So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the vivid psychological novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, now a major motion picture--probes the mystery of charisma in a razor-sharp new novel that teases out the intimate relationship between terrorism and cults of personality, explores what makes certain people so magnetic, and reveals the deep frustrations of feeling overshadowed by a life-of-the-party who may not even be present.

"Shriver is a master of the misanthrope. . . . [A] viciously smart writer." --Time

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"Part "Scoop", part "Our Man in Havana" and part Len Deighton thriller, Shriver's novel is not just about terrorism but also about journalism and the nature of charisma. . . . Shriver's Barba is a wonderful creation."--"Financial Times"

"A very funny book, but the laughs are embedded in a deeply disturbing subject."--NPR, "Weekend Edition"

"[Shriver's] whip-smart observations-about relationships, the role of the media, the cult of personality are funny and on the mark."--"People"

[Shriver s] whip-smart observations about relationships, the role of the media, the cult of personality are funny and on the mark. --"People""

In her latest novel, Lionel Shriver pays homage to Joseph Conrad examining terrorism, media bloodlust, and the cult of personality through an unexpected lens of satire. --"Marie Claire," Four New Page-Turners to Keep Bedside"

A very funny book, but the laughs are embedded in a deeply disturbing subject. --NPR, "Weekend Edition"

Shriver is cursed with knowing the human animal all too well. "The New Republic" is satire of a Shriver kind, that is to say biting. --"Miami Herald""

Lionel Shriver, the author of the harrowing and patient "We Need to Talk About Kevin," delivers something altogether different: a callous and romping political and journalistic satire. --"The Daily Beast"-- This Week's Hot Reads"

Shriver is one of the sharpest talents around. --"USA Today""

Witty, caustic and worldly, [Shriver] is a raconteur who could show even Barrington Saddler a thing or two about entertaining a crowd. --"Wall Street Journal""

Shriver has been a National Book Award finalist with good reason: Her page-turners examine serious issues. --"Reader's Digest" Recommends"

A wondrously fanciful plot, vividly drawn characters, clever and cynical dialogue, and a comically brilliant and verisimilar imagined land. . . . "The New Republic" is simply terrific. --"Booklist" (starred review)"

The dialogue zings and the writing is jazzy. . . . [Shriver] can toss off a sharp sketch of a passing character in a phrase, and she s got a gimlet eye for what s phony, or affected, or even touchingly vain in human behavior. --"Entertainment Weekly""

Shriver is an incisive social satirist with a clear grip on the ironies of our contemporary age . . . [Her] take on journalism and international politics is wry, insightful and just over the top enough to be fun. --"Los Angeles Times""

[Shriver] is uncannily perceptive[with a] vigorous capacity for compassion . . . [A] surprisingly tender novel disguised as a clever satire delivered in polished prose. --"Philadelphia Inquirer""

Part "Scoop," part "Our Man in Havana" and part Len Deighton thriller, Shriver s novel is not just about terrorism but also about journalism and the nature of charisma. . . . Shriver s Barba is a wonderful creation. --"Financial Times""

"[Shriver's] whip-smart observations--about relationships, the role of the media, the cult of personality are funny and on the mark."--People

"In her latest novel, Lionel Shriver pays homage to Joseph Conrad--examining terrorism, media bloodlust, and the cult of personality through an unexpected lens of satire."--Marie Claire, Four New Page-Turners to Keep Bedside

"Shriver is cursed with knowing the human animal all too well. The New Republic is satire of a Shriver kind, that is to say biting."--Miami Herald

"Lionel Shriver, the author of the harrowing and patient We Need to Talk About Kevin, delivers something altogether different: a callous and romping political and journalistic satire."--The Daily Beast-- This Week's Hot Reads

"Shriver is one of the sharpest talents around."--USA Today

"Witty, caustic and worldly, [Shriver] is a raconteur who could show even Barrington Saddler a thing or two about entertaining a crowd."--Wall Street Journal

"Shriver has been a National Book Award finalist with good reason: Her page-turners examine serious issues."--Reader's Digest Recommends

"A wondrously fanciful plot, vividly drawn characters, clever and cynical dialogue, and a comically brilliant and verisimilar imagined land. . . . The New Republic is simply terrific."--Booklist (starred review)

"The dialogue zings and the writing is jazzy. . . . [Shriver] can toss off a sharp sketch of a passing character in a phrase, and she's got a gimlet eye for what's phony, or affected, or even touchingly vain in human behavior."--Entertainment Weekly

"Shriver is an incisive social satirist with a clear grip on the ironies of our contemporary age . . . [Her] take on journalism and international politics is wry, insightful and just over the top enough to be fun."--Los Angeles Times

"[Shriver] is uncannily perceptive[with a] vigorous capacity for compassion . . . [A] surprisingly tender novel disguised as a clever satire delivered in polished prose."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"Part Scoop, part Our Man in Havana and part Len Deighton thriller, Shriver's novel is not just about terrorism but also about journalism and the nature of charisma. . . . Shriver's Barba is a wonderful creation."--Financial Times

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