All That Man Is

All That Man Is

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Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the state of modern manhood in an increasingly globalized Europe describes nine men, at different stages in life, who strive to understand what it means to be alive, here and now.

McMillan Palgrave

Finalist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize
Winner of the 2016 Paris Review Plimpton Prize for Fiction

A magnificent and ambitiously conceived portrait of contemporary life, by a genius of realism

Nine men. Each of them at a different stage in life, each of them away from home, and each of them striving--in the suburbs of Prague, in an overdeveloped Alpine village, beside a Belgian motorway, in a dingy Cyprus hotel--to understand what it means to be alive, here and now. Tracing a dramatic arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, the ostensibly separate narratives of All That Man Is aggregate into a picture of a single shared existence, a picture that interrogates the state of modern manhood while bringing to life, unforgettably, the physical and emotional terrain of an increasingly globalized Europe. And so these nine lives form an ingenious and new kind of novel, in which David Szalay expertly plots a dark predicament for the twenty-first-century man.

Dark and disturbing, but also often wickedly and uproariously comic, All That Man Is is notable for the acute psychological penetration Szalay brings to bear on his characters, from the working-class ex-grunt to the pompous college student, the middle-aged loser to the Russian oligarch. Steadily and mercilessly, as this brilliantly conceived book progresses, the protagonist at the center of each chapter is older than the last one, it gets colder out, and All That Man Is gathers exquisite power. Szalay is a writer of supreme gifts--a master of a new kind of realism that vibrates with detail, intelligence, relevance, and devastating pathos.



Baker
& Taylor

In a brilliantly conceived portrait of contemporary life that interrogates the state of modern manhood while bringing to life the physical and emotional terrain of an increasingly globalized Europe, nine men, at different stages in life, strive to understand what it means to be alive, hear and now.

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781555977535
Branch Call Number: FICTION SZALAY 2016
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 24 cm

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cokie28
Jun 04, 2017

While some reviewers call this a novel, I say it is a collection of short stories--interrelated in that each is about a man with needs or desires, including youth, money, love, and power. This is not a new idea. As has been noted, the book is readable, but my time could have been better spent.

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santiano9
Dec 11, 2016

Excellent series of stories about men at different stages of their lives. The author captures daily life beautifully while fitting in larger life themes and making them relevant to both men and women of all ages. A good book and one I would recommend.

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uncommonreader
Nov 06, 2016

These nine novellas/short stories are about men from youth to old age, from various classes, set across Europe. They are mostly lonely people, often not nice people, but portrayed with sympathy. Szalay 's idea of representing "all that man is" in this way is inventive and clever. The book is very readable.

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