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On an ordinary day in a strangely unfamiliar London, Kleinzeit is fired from his advertising job and told he must go to hospital with a skewed hypotenuse. There on Ward A4, he falls in love with the divine, rosy-cheeked Sister and is sent spinning into a quest involving, among other things, a glockenspiel, sheets of yellow paper, Orpheus, the Underground and that dirty chimpanzee, Death.
'Kleinzeit, is a sort of holy fool, a fierce, lonely intelligence desperately trying to make sense of a hopeless world. A tour de force ... entirely delightful' Auberon Waugh, Evening Standard
'An original ... a delight to read' The Times
© Russell Hoban 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021
A very funny quest for creativity and sanity ... There are no boring sentences in a Hoban novel.
Russell Hoban is one of our greatest, timeless novelists.
Masterly ... a mosaic in which each tiny fragment of wit or dirt or profundity has its appointed place.
A second tour-de-force... entirely delightful.
Brimming with humanity and humour... brilliant handling of language.
Russell Hoban is our Ur-novelist, a maverick voice that is like no other.