Capital: A Novel

By John Lanchester

One of the main observed books of the 12 months, Capital is a sweeping social novel by way of the author hailed at the conceal of the New York occasions publication 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 issues are falling aside: undergo Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going below, and the citizens of Pepys highway, London—a banker and his shopaholic spouse, an outdated lady loss of life of a mind tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani store vendors and a shadowy refugee who works because the meter maid, the younger football megastar from Senegal and his minder—are receiving nameless postcards analyzing “We wish What You Have.” who's at the back of it? What do they need? Epic in scope but intimate, shooting the standard dramas of very diversified lives, this can be a novel of affection and suspicion, of monetary cave in and terrorist danger, of estate values going up and fortunes taking place, and of a urban at a second of awesome pressure.

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