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Jonathan Cape, 2003 - London (England) - 279 pages
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"Politics is not about politics. It is a comedy about everything else. Politics explores crucial domestic problems of sexual etiquette. What should the sleeping arrangements be in a menage trois? Is it polite to read while two people have sex beside you? Is it permissible to be jealous? If you have eczema, should you complain that undinism can be painful? It also tells the story of a father and daughter. And at the same time, it is about Milan Kundera, blow jobs, Chairman Mao's personal hygiene, Jewishness, half-Jewishness, goodness, Bollywood, selfishness, Hitler's sexual fetishes, holidays, shopping trips, premature ejaculation, the Queen Mother, thrush, Stalin on the phone, politeness, Antonio Gramsci's theory of hegemony, and pink fluffy handcuffs. Politics is a comedy about kindness. Tender, shocking, original, Politics is the most distinctive debut since Martin Amis's The Rachel Papers.

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Written at the tender age of 23, Politics went on to be a bestseller, translated into twenty languages and lauded by Granta, GQ, etc etc etc. It is an assured debut, although a slightly juvenile one ... Read full review

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That's sexual politics. One of Granta's 20 Best Novelists Under 40, Thirlwell introduces a m nage trois involving a father and daughter, with references to everything from Kundera and Mandelstam to fluffy pink handcuffs. Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Adam Thirlwell is twenty-four years old. He is the deputy editor of Aret-, and lives in Oxford. In January 2003 he was chosen by Granta as one of the Best of Young British Novelists.

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