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Diary of a Bad Year (2007) [Novel]
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An utterly contemporary and deeply thought-provoking novel which addresses the profound unease of countless people in modern democracies around the world.

An eminent, seventy-two-year-old Australian writer is invited to contribute to a book entitled Strong Opinions. It is a chance to air some urgent concerns. He writes short essays on the origins of the state, on Machiavelli, on anarchism, on Al-Qaida, on intelligent design, on music. What, he asks, is the origin of the state and the nature of the relationship between citizen and state? How should the citizen of a modern democracy react to the state's willingness to set aside moral considerations and civil liberties in its war on terror, a war that includes the use of torture? How does the state handle outsiders?

In the laundry-room of his apartment block he encounters an alluring young woman. When he discovers she is between jobs he claims failing eyesight and offers her work typing up his manuscript. Anya has no interest in politics but the job provides a distraction, as does the writer's evident and not unwelcome attraction toward her. Her boyfriend, Alan, an investment consultant who understands the world in harsh neo-liberal economic terms, has reservations about his trophy girlfriend spending time with this 1960s throwback. Taking a lively interest in his affairs, Alan begins to formulate a plan.

Diary of a Bad Year is an utterly contemporary work of fiction from one of our greatest writers and deepest thinkers. It addresses the profound unease of countless people in democracies across the world

Original title: Diary of a Bad Year
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

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Diary of a Bad Year (2007)
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Language: English

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Diary of a Bad Year (January 2008)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Viking
ISBN: 9780670018758
Pages: 240

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Diary of a Bad Year (October 2, 2007)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Harvill Secker
ISBN: 9781846551208
Dimensions: 6.2 x 9.3 x 1 in
Pages: 304

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Diary Of A Bad Year (2007)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Melbourne, Australia
Publisher: Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781846551666
Pages: 240

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