One of the most talked about books of the year, Capital is a sweeping social novel by the writer hailed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review as "a brainy, pleasure-loving polymath."Celebrated novelist John Lanchester (author of The Debt to Pleasure) returns with an epic novel that captures the obsessions of our time. It's 2008 and things are falling apart: Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going under, and the residents of Pepys Road, London-a banker and his shopaholic wife, an old woman dying of a brain tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani shop owners and a shadowy refugee who works as the meter maid, the young soccer star from Senegal and his minder-are receiving anonymous postcards reading "We Want What You Have." Who is behind it? What do they want? Epic in scope yet intimate, capturing the ordinary dramas of very different lives, this is a novel of love and suspicion, of financial collapse and terrorist threat, of property values going up and fortunes going down, and of a city at a moment of extraordinary tension.
"Brimming with perception, humane empathy and relish, its portrayal of this metropolitan miscellany is, in every sense, a capital achievement." - Times on Sunday (UK) "Delightful. . . . Fresh, astutely observed, and a lot of fun." - Boston Globe "Brilliant." - NPR Books "A big, funny, sure-footed novel . . . rich in observation and warm in spirit." - Slate "Like getting a crash course in the transformation of British mores and class distinctions. [A] nuanced portrait of a country in flux." - New York Times Book Review "As enrapturing as it is psychologically acute… Capital portrays an authentic slice of contemporary life on the eve of change in a way that recalls Franzen-with a welcome touch of wry humor." - Bookpage "Searching, expert, on the money. I loved it." - Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland "Full of spectacular comedy-and menace. . . . The effect is like one of those cut-away illustrations that show the interior of every room in an apartment complex." - Washington Post "Precise, humane and often hilarious, John Lanchester's Capital teems with life. Its Dickensian sweep and its clear-eyed portrayal of the end of a strange era make this novel not only immensely enjoyable, but important, too." - Claire Messud, author of The Emperor's Children "Capital comes in a great tradition of novels which are filled with the news of now, in which the intricacies of the present moment are noticed with clarity and relish and then brilliantly dramatized. It is clear that its characters, its wisdom, and the scope and range of its sympathy, will fascinate readers into the far future." - Cólm Toibín, author of Brooklyn
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W. W. Norton & Company
June 01, 2012
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