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The Collected Works Volume Two - Cuts All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go and Doctor Criminale - cover

The Collected Works Volume Two - Cuts All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go and Doctor Criminale

Malcolm Bradbury

Publisher: Open Road Media

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Sharp-witted novels and social commentary by the beloved British critic, teacher, and author of the “outstanding” comic masterpiece, The History Man (The Guardian).   “A satirist of great assurance and accomplishment,” Malcolm Bradbury remains one of the sharpest comic minds of the twentieth century (The Observer). Cuts and Doctor Criminale—like “all Bradbury’s novels, for all their surface wit and comedy, have serious moral and philosophical subtexts” (The Guardian), as do his barbed and brilliant observations on 1950s culture shock in Great Britain in All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go. Taken together, these three volumes illustrate the myriad ways “Bradbury dazzles” (Kirkus Reviews).  Cuts: In Bradbury’s “outrageously funny” satire set in Thatcher-era Great Britain, a media tycoon, looking to strike it rich with television gold, recruits an unassuming novelist and academic to script his small-screen epic, with disastrous—and hilarious—consequences (Publishers Weekly).   “It is funny, exact—and pretty bloody serious.” —The Observer  All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go: In this nonfiction social commentary, Bradbury confronts a curious moment in British history. After teaching abroad for a year in the 1950s, he returned to find that his native country had become nearly as mystifying to him as the American Midwest. As Britain marched toward a new decade, much of the country was changing rapidly, its agrarian past paved over by suburban developer and its quiet traditionalism replaced by beehive hairdos and shiny, glass-walled office buildings. With wry wit, he reacts to this uncomfortable transition to mid-twentieth-century modernism.   “A master not only of language and comedy but of feeling too.” —The Sunday Times  Doctor Criminale: “Playful, smart and entertaining,” Bradbury’s comic novel follows enterprising young reporter Francis Jay as he attempts to navigate the chaotic world of post–Cold War Europe in pursuit of the specter of literary legend Bazlo Criminale, a mysterious novelist and thinker known for his extreme elusiveness (The New York Times Book Review).   “Bradbury writes with splendid energy and a fertile mind.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

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