"Probably the best English novelist of his generation." --Nick Hornby " Expo 58 is quite the equal of Greene's 'entertainment' [ Our Man in Havana]. The climax...brings the personal and the political into a brilliant and satisfying conclusion...So neatly is Expo 58 constructed that, reaching the final page, the reader's first impulse will be to go back to see exactly how Coe has executed his myriad sleights of hand. This is entertainment of a very high order, and all the more delightful for being grounded in the more bizarre dimensions of reality, the inspiration of all the best fiction." --Robert McCrum, Guardian "A sustained feat of humour, suspense and polemic, full of twists and ironies." --Hilary Mantel, Sunday Times (on What a Carve up!) "Thank goodness for Jonathan Coe, who records what Britain has lost in the past thirty years in his elegiac fiction." -- Scotland on Sunday "Please, God...if there's a next life, let me write as well as Jonathan Coe." --Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen ConfidentialPrésentation de l'éditeur :
A comic spy caper and international love story, set in Europe in the middle of the last century, Expo 58 is the latest sublime creation by Jonathan Coe, hailed by Nick Hornby as “probably the best English novelist of his generation.”
Handsome, unassuming Thomas Foley is an employee at the Central Office of Information whose particular biography (Belgian mother, pub-owning father) makes him just the man to oversee the “authentic British pub” that will be erected at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. It’s the first major expo after World War II, meant to signify unity, but there’s inevitable intrigue involving the U.S. and Soviet delegations. In the shadow of an immense, imposingly modern structure called the Atomium, the married Foley becomes both agent and pawn—when he’s not falling head over heels for Anneke, his Belgian hostess.
Funny, fast-paced, and genuinely moving, Expo 58 is both a perfect evocation of a moment in history and the welcome return of one of today’s finest novelists.
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