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Dunbar Hardcover – 15 October 2017

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  • Publisher : HOGARTH (15 October 2017)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1781090386
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1781090381
  • Dimensions : 14.4 x 2.4 x 22.2 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 104 ratings

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"St Aubyn has a natural talent for keeping you on the edge of your seat… His prose has an easy charm that masks a ferocious, searching intellect" (The Times)

"Malevolently enjoyable… A fable of fatherly neglect and daughterly cruelty" (Financial Times)

"Deeply affecting…and funny" (Observer)

"Powerful… Entertaining" (Spectator)

"Of all the novelist and play matches in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, that of Edward St Aubyn with King Lear seems the finest. Shakespeare’s blackest, most surreal and hectic tragedy sharpened by one of our blackest, more surreal and hectic wits… It's an enticing prospect... His Lear is Henry Dunbar, the head of an international media corporation – like Conrad Black or Rupert Murdoch – and is brilliantly awful… The other characters, even minor ones, are also wittily and cleverly updated" (Kate Clanchy Guardian)

"He is an inspired choice to retell King Lear for Hogarth Shakespeare’s anniversary series. Dunbar emerges as one of the finest contributions in a line-up glittering with literary stars…He has transplanted the heart of the story into the present and made it feel remarkably authentic" (Stephanie Merritt Observer)

"A piercing portrait of existential agony... savagely acute" (Anthony Cummins Daily Mail)

"Edward St Aubyn, in his powerful new novel Dunbar, applies the oxyacetylene brilliance and cauterisation of his prose to bear on the tragic endgame of a family’s internecine struggle for control of a global fortune. St Aubyn is a connoisseur of depravity, yet also shows he cherishes the possibility of redemption… An Aubynesque simile can brighten a grey passage… Most of the novel is harsh; all of it is entertaining" (Patrick Skene Catling Spectator)

"St Aubyn is excellent on the characters’ psychology... powerful and moving" (Anthony Gardner Mail on Sunday)

"Malevolently enjoyable… The scenes that feel most real, interestingly, are those that are most fantastical, when we are drawn inside the chaos of Dunbar’s unravelling mind… Here the language feels sculpted and precise, Dunbar’s obsessive solipsism both violent and convincing… St Aubyn’s talent for brittle one-liners is as lethal as ever" (Andrew Dickson Financial Times)

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A novel of our times- despotism, finance and family clash in Edward St Aubyn's savage and heartbreaking new novel

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Ralph Blumenau
3.0 out of 5 stars Of the re-telling of King Lear there is - unfortunately in this case - no end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant re-telling of King Lear
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