Lost for Words: A Novel

By Edward St. Aubyn

Edward St. Aubyn is "great at dissecting a complete social international" (Michael Chabon, Los Angeles Times)

Edward St. Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels have been probably the most celebrated works of fiction of the prior decade. Ecstatic compliment got here from quite a lot of admirers, from literary superstars equivalent to Zadie Smith, Francine Prose, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Michael Chabon to pop-culture icons reminiscent of Anthony Bourdain and January Jones. Now St. Aubyn returns with a hilariously shrewdpermanent send-up of a definite significant British literary award.
The judges at the panel of the Elysian Prize for Literature needs to get via hundreds of thousands of submissions to discover the simplest ebook of the yr. in the meantime, a number of writers are determined for Elysian awareness: the intense author and serial heartbreaker Katherine Burns; the lovelorn debut novelist Sam Black; and Bunjee, confident that his magnum opus, The Mulberry Elephant, will take the literary international by means of typhoon. issues pass extraordinarily flawed while Katherine's writer by accident submits a cookery booklet rather than her novel; one of many judges reveals himself in the midst of a scandal; and Bunjee, aghast to profit his booklet isn't really at the brief checklist, seeks revenge.
Lost for Words is a witty, fabulously interesting satire that cuts to the short of a few of the inner most questions on where of paintings in our celebrity-obsessed tradition, and asks how we will ever wish to acknowledge actual expertise whilst everybody has an agenda.

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He will not be residing within the Mount Royal for the remainder of his existence both. family together with his spouse had taken on a extra conciliatory tone. It used to be now not his repentant emails nor her harsh replies that more desirable the ambience. It used to be the poor innocence of his next silence that gained her over. He didn’t holiday off touch together with her as a tactic yet from natural inability. even if she used to be attempting to hate him, Marilyn couldn’t cease caring approximately him. It was once effortless to reject his apologies yet most unlikely to lose an curiosity in his whereabouts.

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Mercifully, his specialise in misplaced writing reminded him that he could in the future infold his current ache right into a masterful research of wish, or Love, or fable; it infrequently mattered: he might practice a vivisection with no anaesthetic on any summary nouns that presumed to rule his lifestyles. He knew it might be your time ahead of he might assemble adequate detachment for that job. Rome wasn’t deconstructed in an afternoon, he notion, instantly typing the sentence directly to his display, to work out if he felt the go back of a few degree of keep an eye on.

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He named this deflection the ‘Hephaestus complex’, as though it had constantly been a part of the annals of psychoanalysis. His offended father Zeus threw Hephaestus out of Olympus whilst he took his mother’s facet in a parental argument. Hephaestus’s fall shattered his leg and made him lame, however the humans of Lemnos, the island the place he landed, took him in and taught him to be a grasp craftsman. residing below Mount Etna, utilizing the volcano as his furnace, he turned the disfigured hearth god who made appealing artefacts, and used to be given the main appealing goddess, Aphrodite, as his spouse.

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