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The Blot - Jonathan Lethem

The Blot - Jonathan Lethem

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lexander Bruno is a man with expensive problems.

Sporting an impeccable tuxedo and trotting the globe, he has spent his adult life as a professional gambler and a successful one at that. His particular line of work: backgammon, at which he extracts large sums of money from men who think they can challenge his peerless acumen. In Singapore, his luck turned.

Maybe it has something to do with the Blot - a black spot which has emerged to distort Bruno's vision. It's not showing any signs of going away. In fact, it's spreading, and as Bruno extends his losing streak in Berlin, it becomes clinically clear that the Blot is the symptom of something terrible.

There's a surgeon who can help, an elite specialist, the only one in the world. But surgery is going to involve a lot of money, money that he’s running through fast, to the dismay of his pasty-faced manager, Edgar Falk. Worse than that, it means returning home. To the land of 'bullying, psychosis and bad taste' otherwise known as contemporary America; specifically: the garish, hash-smoke streets of Berkeley, California. Here, the unseemly Keith Stolarsky - a childhood friend in possession of an empire of themed burger bars and thrift stores - is king. And he's willing to help Bruno out.

But there was always going to be a price.

Titled The Gambler’s Anatomy in the US, Jonathan Lethem’s latest novel is a whirlwind of a novel, which questions ideas of fate, predetermination and the peculiar accidents of chance and whether anyone can beat the system. It’s a novel that asks the question: when it comes to life, are we all being played?

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Binding: Hardback

Number of Pages: 312

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Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: 9780224101486

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