Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance by Matthew Kneale

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A well-intentioned English family unwittingly becomes complicit in state violence while traveling through China. A ploddingly respectable London lawyer chances upon a stash of cocaine and realizes it offers the wealth and status he's always hungered for. A salesman in Africa gets caught up in a riot, and a Palestinian suicide bomber has a moment of self-doubt. Kneale transports readers across continents in a nanosecond, reaching to the heart of faraway societies with rare perceptiveness. With wry humor and razor-sharp satire, these twelve thought-provoking stories illuminate the moral uncertainty of our time.


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About Matthew Kneale

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Matthew Kneale, the author of several novels, lives in Italy. English Passengers is his American debut.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 226 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Both lack the sense of narrative completeness Kneale builds into such successes as the story of an Englishman caught up in a protest demonstration in North Africa, whence he has come to pursue an agenda chillingly foreshadowed in the best of all these pieces’ single-word titles: “Metal.” Even bet...

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As they left the station, Guy and Chloe secretly admitted to one another that China was scarier than they had expected.

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Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance by Matthew Kneale Picador £12.99, pp288 The lone traveller in unfamiliar parts has plenty of time for simply wondering.

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The Guardian

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Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance by Matthew Kneale 277pp, Picador, £12.99 When does a collection of short stories become a portmanteau novel?

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Sometimes the comparison brings horror, as in "Stone," in which a well-meaning English family traveling through China run smack into the harsh laws of a small town and become unintentionally complicit in the ruthless punishment of a man they think has robbed them.

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The collection’s slightest piece, “Pills,” tells the story of Mensulu and her sick daughter Almaz, who travel several miles by foot under the scorching Ethiopian sun to request assistance from Dan and Lisa, British backpackers staying in a local village.

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