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An edition of Diary of a Bad Year (2007)

Diary of a Bad Year

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Viking Adult
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240

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An utterly contemporary and deeply thought-provoking novel which addresses the profound unease of countless people in modern democracies around the world.

An eminent, seventy-two-year-old Australian writer is invited to contribute to a book entitled Strong Opinions. It is a chance to air some urgent concerns. He writes short essays on the origins of the state, on Machiavelli, on anarchism, on Al-Qaida, on intelligent design, on music. What, he asks, is the origin of the state and the nature of the relationship between citizen and state? How should the citizen of a modern democracy react to the state’s willingness to set aside moral considerations and civil liberties in its war on terror, a war that includes the use of torture? How does the state handle outsiders?

In the laundry-room of his apartment block he encounters an alluring young woman. When he discovers she is between jobs he claims failing eyesight and offers her work typing up his manuscript. Anya has no interest in politics but the job provides a distraction, as does the writer’s evident and not unwelcome attraction toward her.
Her boyfriend, Alan, an investment consultant who understands the world in harsh neo-liberal economic terms, has reservations about his trophy girlfriend spending time with this 1960s throwback. Taking a lively interest in his affairs, Alan begins to formulate a plan.

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Kötü bir yılın güncesi: roman
2009, Can Sanat
in Turkish
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Xiong nian ji shi
2009, Zhejiang wen yi chu ban she
in Chinese - 880-02 Di 1 ban.
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Journal d'une année noire: roman
2008, Seuil
in French
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Diary of a Bad Year
2008, Viking
in English
Cover of: Dagboek van een slecht jaar
Dagboek van een slecht jaar
2007, Cossee
in Dutch
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Diary of a Bad Year
December 27, 2007, Viking Adult
Hardcover in English

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Library of Congress
PR9369.3.C58 D48 2008

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Format
Hardcover
Number of pages
240

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Open Library
OL9484056M
Internet Archive
diaryofbadyear00coet
ISBN 10
0670018759
ISBN 13
9780670018758
LCCN
2007027378
OCLC/WorldCat
152580989
Library Thing
3505498
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1377172

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