Surveillance by Jonathan Raban
A Novel

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In the not-too-distant future, no one trusts anyone and everyone is watching everybody else. America is obsessed with information and under siege from an insidious enemy: paranoia. National identify cards are mandatory, terrorism alerts are a daily event, and privacy is laid bare on the Internet. For a freelance journalist, her daughter, a bestselling author, and a struggling actor, these tumultuous times provide the backdrop as their lives become inextricably bound in a darkly humorous, frighteningly accurate story of life in an unstable world.

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About Jonathan Raban

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Jonathan Raban is the author, most recently, of the novels Surveillance and Waxwings; his nonfiction includes Passage to Juneau and Bad Land. His honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, and the Governor's Award of the State of Washington. He lives in Seattle.
Published January 30, 2007 by Pantheon. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tad Zachary is one of the lucky folk for whom the new tenor of the times has been a gold mine: He gets $1,000 a day to act in DHS videos when “even jobs in retail, the usual standby of the out-of-work actor, were in short supply.” Tad’s friend Lucy Bengstrom is a magazine writer who hasn’t had mu...

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We look in the mirror — here we are — and look away, puzzled or embittered or cocksure.

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Surveillance by Jonathan Raban 237pp, Picador, £16.99 If someone were to come along, dig a moderately deep hole in my garden, give me a metal box and tell me I had half an hour to put together a 2006 time-capsule, Jonathan Raban's new novel is the first thing I'd grab.

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Raban inhabits four widely varying points of view --- that of Tad, Lucy, Alida and their new landlord, Lee, a Chinese immigrant of dubious legality who lives in his strip mall office and who woos Lucy with a gift copy of a really good book: WHO MOVED MY CHEESE?

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Lucy's 11-year-old daughter Alida, who seeks certainty in life through the certainty of algebra, thinks her computer geek classmate Finn Janeway is up to something more than homework on his hard drive.

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Miller San Antonio Exp-News 3 of 5 Stars "Surveillance is full of the kinds of long, drawn out dialogues about democracy and civil liberties that have graced many a classroom, even quite a few dinner parties, but sound absolutely ridiculous when written down.

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London Review of Books

‘By the time you’re writing memoir,’ Raban said in a recent interview, ‘you’re effectively writing fiction, because you’re concerned with all those fictional things – with the story, with making the character sound convincing.’ The heroine of Surveillance, Lucy Bengstrom, doesn’t acknowledge a di...

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