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By John Lanchester

One of the main observed books of the yr, Capital is a sweeping social novel by way of the author hailed at the conceal of the New York instances booklet Review as “a brainy, pleasure-loving polymath.”

Celebrated novelist John Lanchester (author of The Debt to Pleasure) returns with an epic novel that captures the obsessions of our time. It’s 2008 and issues are falling aside: undergo Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going below, and the citizens of Pepys highway, London—a banker and his shopaholic spouse, an previous girl death of a mind tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani store vendors and a shadowy refugee who works because the meter maid, the younger football megastar from Senegal and his minder—are receiving nameless postcards interpreting “We wish What You Have.” who's at the back of it? What do they wish? Epic in scope but intimate, shooting the normal dramas of very diversified lives, this can be a novel of affection and suspicion, of monetary cave in and terrorist risk, of estate values going up and fortunes happening, and of a urban at a second of notable stress.

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