Politics by Adam Thirlwell
A Novel

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Politics is about: a) a threesome; b) politics

Moshe loves Nana. But love can be difficult -- especially if you want to be kind. And Moshe and Nana want to be kind to someone else.

They want to be kind to their best friend, Anjali.

Politics explores crucial problems of sexual etiquette. What should the sleeping arrangements be in a ménage-à-trois? Is it polite to read while two people have sex beside you? Is it permissible to be jealous?

 

About Adam Thirlwell

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Adam Thirlwell was born in 1978. His first novel, Politics, was translated into thirty languages. In 2003, he appeared on Granta's list of the best British novelists under forty. His second novel, The Misprint, will be published next year. He lives in London.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by Harper. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Our omniscient narrator guides us through the development of the relations between the three friends (“The next event in the story is a blow job”), which are volatile, predictable, and nicely summed up in the chapter headings (“Romance,” “Intrigue,” “They fall in love,” “They fall out of love,” e...

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Adam Thirlwell's first novel, Politics, the story of a half-hearted ménage à trois, is studiously slight, but it too partakes of all three categories - slightly shocking, slightly boring, slightly annoying.

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The Guardian

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Politics by Adam Thirlwell 279pp, Cape, £12.99 Two authors on the Granta list of Best Young British Novelists had not yet published their debuts when the list was announced.

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Publishers Weekly

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"sometimes I think that this book is an attack on sex"), Moshe and Nana are constantly experimenting ("oral sex, use of alternative personae, lesbianism, undinism"), though their experiments usually end in failure.

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The Oxonian Review

And I think I wanted to see how much one could do with this idea of thematic juxtaposition and variation—how much it might be possible to make a novel out of other people’s novels.

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