Francis Jay, a Nineties person, streetwise but eco-friendly, smart but naive, makes a fool of himself at the Booker Prize ceremony and is determined to salvage his career as a journalist after the collapse of the Sunday newspaper that paid him.
Jay embarks on a quest to find one of the greatest philosophers and political thinkers of the modern age, celebrated and respected in academic circles, yet of such obscure origins that he finds it almost impossible to penetrate the myth of the elusive Doctor Bazlo Criminale. From European congress to congress, from woman to woman and from muse to muse, Jay pursues the mysterious, charismatic doctor. And slowly, the truth is revealed . . .
'A playful, smart and entertaining work of art with deadly serious underpinnings' New York Times Book Review
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DOCTOR CRIMINALEUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Known for his satirical novels about British academics (Rates of Exchange, 1983, etc.), Bradbury here examines the way we treat cultural icons. The icon in question is Dr. Bazlo Criminale, a product ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AndrewBlackman - LibraryThing
The cover described the book as a "bracing comedy of ideas." That's what hooked me. I've always struggled with the idea of how to deal with ideas in fiction in a convincing, readable way. I thought ... Read full review