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W&N Literary Fiction HB / ETPB / eBook / Audio September 288pp
‘A book of cautious, crafted, crafty stories that catch you off guard again and again’ – Sunday Times on What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
NATHAN ENGLANDER Dinner at the Centre of the Earth a spellbinding political thriller from the multiaward-winning author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, Nathan Englander.
A prisoner has been held in a black site in the Negev desert for twelve years, suspended with his guard in a state of mutually shattering existential limbo. Shifting back in time, Englander captures the prisoner’s extraordinary journey to that cell. From Berlin and Paris to Italy and America, it tells the story of how a nice American Jewish boy wound up an Israeli spy working for Mossad, and then became a traitor to his adopted country . . .
Set against the backdrop of a heartbreakingly damaged and riven country, this is a novel full of shifting surfaces, where nothing and no one is what it seems.
Praise for What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank:
‘it takes an exceptional combination of moral humility and moral assurance to integrate finegrained comedy and large-scale tragedy as daringly as Nathan Englander does’ Jonathan Franzen
‘Englander’s wisest, funniest, bravest and most beautiful book. it overflows with revelations and gems’ Jonathan safran Foer
‘a jolt of electricity through the heart . . . a latitude of exquisitely wrought prose. in Englander’s hands, story-telling is a transformative act’ Colum McCann
Nathan Englander is the author of the internationally bestselling short story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and the novel The Ministry of Special Cases. Translated into more than a dozen languages, Englander was selected as one of ‘20 Writers for the 21st Century’ by The New Yorker and was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.
Location: New York, USA nathanenglander.com f/NEnglander T: @NathanEnglander
W&N Fiction • September 2017