Out of This World

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Out of This World interweaves the history of a blighted family with the tragic and ludicrous history of the twentieth century. Its alternating narrators are a father and daughter--each obsessed with the other and irrevocably estranged--surveying their losses and grievances on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

"A moving, ingenious and often very funny tale that takes us deep into his characters' wounded, resilient hearts with breathtaking ...

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Overview

Out of This World interweaves the history of a blighted family with the tragic and ludicrous history of the twentieth century. Its alternating narrators are a father and daughter--each obsessed with the other and irrevocably estranged--surveying their losses and grievances on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

"A moving, ingenious and often very funny tale that takes us deep into his characters' wounded, resilient hearts with breathtaking virtuosity...rich, complicated, joyful, arresting."--USA Today

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Any doubt that Swift, whose Waterland was nominated for England's Booker Prize, is one of the very best young British novelists should be dispelled by this beautifully written, stinging study of a family torn apart by guilt and anger,'' lauded PW. ``This is a powerful meditation on global and familial violence, written in prose of unerring grace and emotional precision.'' (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679740322
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Swift was born in 1949 and is the author of eight acclaimed novels and a collection of short stories; his most recent work is Making an Elephant, a book of essays, portraits, poetry and reflections on his life in writing. With Waterland he won the Guardian Fiction Prize (1983), and with Last Orders the Booker Prize (1996). Both novels have since been made into films. Graham Swift's work has appeared in over thirty languages.
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