Inglorious

A Novel

Joanna Kavenna

Picador

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When Rosa Lane, a promising young journalist, impulsively hits the send button on an email to her boss saying "I quit," so begins her pursuit of enlightenment in the jungles of cutthroat London. As she embarks upon her quest for a sense of purpose, she is deceived by her lover, surprised by her friends, turned out by her roommate, threatened by her bank manager, picked over by prospective employers, and tormented by all the bizarre expectations of the modern world. An erudite and darkly comic novel, brimming with lacerating wit and compassion, Inglorious is a truly engrossing character study of a woman walking the edge between self-destruction and self-discovery.

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INGLORIOUS
RetreatShe began it on an ordinary summer's day when she found--quite in contravention of the orders of her boss--she was idling at the computer, kicking her heels and counting. Rosa Lane, thirty-five and several months, aware of an invisible stopwatch tolling her down, was counting the years, the hours spent sitting in offices, staring at the sky, at the flickering screen that was sending her blind. She had passed the previous ten years in a holding position, her legs locked under a table. She had typed a million emails and strained her wrists.

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"Honest, brilliant, arresting, and barefisted. Kavenna finds humor in the abyss, light in the dark, and ultimately exhilaration at the end of the tunnel."--André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name and Out of Egypt

 

"Kavenna writes with elegance and flair, endowing Rosa with a graceful articulacy. . . . [She] also has a mordant way with social satire."--The New York Times Book Review

 

"Joanna Kavenna's first novel, Inglorious, is a trip worth taking. . . . It is the journey itself, not the destination, that makes this lovely and wrenching novel worth the ride."--Los Angeles Times

 

"[Kavenna's] understanding of the complexity of depression and her evocation of her heroine's bewilderment are precise, and Rosa, for all her misery, has an appealing and often funny voice."--The New Yorker

 

"[Kavenna] renders crisp, piercing prose."--Booklist

 

"If Franz Kafka had lived in the early 21st century and been female, English, and a bit cheekier, he might have produced a work like Joanna Kavenna's delightful debut novel. . . . Anyone who has ever had a less than positive view of his or her circumstances will revel in Kavenna's book."--The Baltimore Messenger


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Joanna Kavenna

JOANNA KAVENNA is the author of The Ice Museum: In Search of the Lost Land of Thule. She has written for The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and The Times Literary Supplement, among other publications.

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Inglorious
A Novel
Joanna Kavenna

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Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction - Winner

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
May 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312427887
ISBN10: 0312427883
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$18.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
May 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466827578
ISBN10: 1466827572
304 pages
$7.99
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