SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
WINNER OF THE EDGE HILL READER'S CHOICE AWARD
Nine men. Each of them at a different stage of life, each of them away from home, and each of them striving – in the suburbs of Prague, beside a Belgian motorway, in a cheap Cypriot hotel – to understand just what it means to be alive, here and now.
Tracing an arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, All That Man Is brings these separate lives together to show us men as they are – ludicrous and inarticulate, shocking and despicable; vital, pitiable, hilarious, and full of heartfelt longing. And as the years chase them down, the stakes become bewilderingly high in this piercing portrayal of 21st-century manhood.
All That Man Is... looks increasingly like the masterpiece of British fiction from the past few years.
David Szalay pushed at the fault lines between the novel and short story form in All That Man Is linked tales of European masculinity in crisis, whose effect is monumentally bleak, but which contain some of the best prose to be found in English this year.
Szalay's writing is exact and true and always subtly intelligent; this book is bracing and thrilling and chilling.
It’s a rare and wonderous event when a novel changes the way you look at the world around you; and this was the case with [All That Man Is]… A worthy winner of the Gordon Burn Prize this year. Gordon Burn would have loved it. Say no more.
There is everything to relish about this intelligent, moving, thoroughly European search for the meaning of life ... It's hard to imagine reading a better book this year.
A reading guide for David Szalay's Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel All That Man Is, a piercing portrayal of 21st century manhood.
A wide-ranging and provocative discussion with Rebecca Asher and Juno Dawson is accompanied by interviews with David Szalay and Rose Tremain as we look at how novels and non-fiction are examining the modern male.