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Agents and Patients
Author: Anthony Powell

ISBN: 9780226137353
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 11 February 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.8
Description:
Unsavory artists, titled boobs, and charlatans with an affinity for Freudsuch are the oddballs whose antics animate the early novels of the late British master Anthony Powell. A genius of social satire delivered with a very dry wit, Powell builds his comedies on the foibles of British high society between the wars, delving into subjects as various as psychoanalysis, the film industry, publishing, and (of course) sex. More explorations of relationships and vanity than plot-driven narratives, these slim novels reveal the early stirrings of the unequaled style, ear for dialogue, and eye for irony that would reach their caustic peak in Powell's epicA Dance to the Music of Time.

In Agents and Patients, we return to London with the newly wealthy, memorably named Blore-Smith: an innocent, decent enough chap . . . and a drip. Vulnerable to the machinations of those with less money and more lust, Blore-Smith falls victim to two con artists whose ploys carry him through to the art galleries and whorehouses of Paris, Berlin, and beyond.

Written from a vantage point both high and necessarily narrow, Powell's ...

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