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Title:Europa
Format Type:Ebook
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Publisher:Arcade Publishing
ISBN:155970506X
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Number of Pages:272
Category:Fiction, Italy, Contemporary, Literature, Humor

Europa by Tim Parks

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Europa At the midpoint of his life Jerry Marlow finds himself on a bus from Milan to Strasbourg taking stock of the wreckage strewn behind him a failed marriage a daughter going astray and an affair that has left him both numb and licking every wound self inflicted or otherwise Even his teaching job is in peril And what lies around the next bend There are times when the most appalling premonitions seem all too plausible yet the pull of hope cannot be resisted Fueled by Marlow s scalpel sharp commentary Europa bristles with ferocious wordplay and a vision of the sexes as honest as it is incorrect

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