Inside Trading: A Comedy in Three Acts

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Methuen Drama, 1997 - Bank failures - 84 pages
The only full-length stage play by the acclaimed novelist and critic Malcolm Bradbury

Set in Battenberg's, an ancient London merchant bank with a proud tradition and a suspect past, Inside Trading centres on a rogue trader whose ambitions for his own survival draw in government, European funding and widespread millennial fantasies.

Inside Trading is based on a German satire of 1933 by Paul Vulpius. Bradbury, drawing on the climate of City trading in the nineties, has moved the play to an age of the dream-filled and scheme-saturated millennium, the age of the big deal and the rogue trader. The result is a satirical comedy in the spirit of Bradbury's prose work.

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About the author (1997)

A professor of English literature and American studies who has published numerous critical works, Malcolm Bradbury is also a novelist whose protagonists are academics who make muddles of their personal and professional lives. He maintains that his main concern is to explore problems and dilemmas of liberalism and issues of moral responsibility. The targets of Bradbury's satires include intellectual pretension, cultural myopia, and official smugness. His protagonists are largely sympathetic, if comic, failures at mastering their own fates in a world of absurd rules and regulations. His major novels include Eating People Is Wrong (1959), Stepping Westward (1965), and The History Man (1975). This last, a novel of intellectual and political conflict at an English university in the late 1960s, was made into a successful television minidrama. More recent novels include Rates of Exchange (1983) and Cuts (1987).

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