On a day like any other, Kleinzeit gets fired. Hours later he finds himself in hospital with a pair of adventurous pyjamas and a mysterious 'skewed hypotenuse'. Here he falls instantly in love with a beautiful night nurse called Sister. Armed only with a Glockenspiel and a copy of Thucydides' The Peloponnesian War, together they are pitched headlong into a series of wild metaphysical adventures.
Kleinzeit. In German that means 'hero'. Or maybe 'smalltime'. It depends who you ask.
Russell Hoban is one of our greatest, timeless novelists.
Russell Hoban is our Ur-novelist, a maverick voice that is like no other.
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.