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Destiny by Tim Parks
Book DescriptionThree months after returning to England, Christopher Burton, receives a phone-call at the reception desk of the Rembrandt Hotel, Knightsbridge that informs him of his son's suicide. But why on receiving this terrible news, does Burton immediately decide that he must leave his Italian wife of thirty years standing? Why does he find it so difficult to focus on his grief for his son? Intensely dramatic, dark and, against all odds, hilariously funny, Destiny is a satisfying story and a profound meditation on marriage and identity. Parks gives us a frightening experience of what it means to tread the narrow line between sanity and psychosis.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099284949
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Tim Parks
Thomas and Mary, Paperback (February 2017)
Thomas and Mary have been married for thirty years. They have two children, a dog, a house in the suburbs. But after years of drifting apart, things - finally - come to a head. This title recounts what happens when youthful devotion has long given way to dog walking, separate bed times, and tensions over who left the fridge door open.
Life and Work, Hardback (August 2016)
In this brilliant collection, a renowned critic vividly depicts the dynamic relationships between authors, their work, and their readers
Literary Tour of Italy, Paperback (May 2016)» View all books by Tim Parks
From Boccaccio and Machiavelli through to Moravia and Tabucchi, from the Stil Novo to Divisionism, across centuries of history and intellectual movements, these essays will give English readers, and lovers of the Bel Paese and its culture, the lay of the literary land of Italy.
UK Kirkus Review » Imagine the worst anxiety dream you've ever had and raise it to the power ten, and you might get some idea of the relentless, claustrophobic experience of reading Tim Parks's novel. The characteristically mannered and disjunctive sentences introduce the reader both to the narrator of Destiny, the expatriate British expert on Italian affairs Christopher Burton, and to the precipitating event of this journey into his personal heart of darkness. But he is not alone. Everyone is very, very unhappy. Technically, this is a brilliant self-portrait of a charmless, self-aggrandizing obsessive going through a nightmare mid-life crisis. Parks seems to take an almost sadistic pleasure in tormenting his characters, and even the hint of deliverance at the very end is heavily qualified. Not for the faint-hearted. Review by Michael Dibdin, whose latest books include 'Blood Rain'. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Tim Parks
Born in Manchester, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. In 1981 he moved to Italy where he has lived ever since. He is the author of novels, non-fiction and essays, including Europa, Cleaver, A Season with Verona and Teach Us to Sit Still. He has won the Somerset Maugham, Betty Trask and Llewellyn Rhys awards, and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lectures on literary translation in Milan, writes for publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, and his many translations from the Italian include works by Moravia, Calvino, Calasso, Tabucchi and Machiavelli.
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