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The Hungry and the Fat

Timur Vermes Jamie Bulloch



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01 February 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Fiction in translation; Refugees & political asylum
By the author of LOOK WHO'S BACK, a radical and bold satire in inequitable times. Whizz-bang energy and gleeful imaginative savagery Sam Leith, Guardian More than mere satire, it's a book that engages deeply Alex Preston, Financial Times An immensely enjoyable read Daniel Hahn, Spectator A caustic, clever satire with a powerful emotional core Becky Long, Irish Times Satirical, sharp, believable . . . Brilliant Rick O'Shea, RTE REFUGEE CAMPS IN AFRICA ARE SWELLING And Europe has closed its borders. The refugees have no future, no hope, and no money to pay the vast sums now demanded by people smugglers. The only thing they have is time. AND THEN AN ANGEL ARRIVES FROM REALITY T.V. When model and star presenter Nadeche Hackenbusch comes to film at the largest of the camps, one young refugee sees a unique opportunity: to organise a march to Europe, in full view of the media. Viewers are gripped as the vast convoy moves closer, but the far right in Germany is regrouping and the government is at a loss. Which country will halt the refugees in their tracks? THE HUNGRY AND THE FAT A devastating, close-to-the-knuckle satire about the haves and have-nots in our divided world by one of Europe's finest and most perceptive writers. Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch
By:   Timur Vermes
Translated by:   Jamie Bulloch
Imprint:   Headline
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 48mm
Weight:   580g
ISBN:   9781529400571
ISBN 10:   1529400570
Pages:   576
Publication Date:   01 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

The son of a German mother and a Hungarian father who fled the country in 1956, Timur Vermes was born in Nuremberg in 1967. He studied history and politics and went on to become a journalist. He has written for the Abendzeitung and the Cologne Express and worked for various magazines. He has ghostwritten several books since 2007. Look Who's Back has sold more than 250,000 copies in its English editions, and rights were sold to 35 territories.

Reviews for The Hungry and the Fat

Satirical, sharp, believable . . . Brilliant - RTE An outlandish, take-no-prisoners satire that skewers timid politicians, greedy TV executives, and the general public's thirst for global meaning disguised as entertainment. Its plotting is crisp, fast-moving, and entertaining. - Bookmunch Vermes' ingenuity keeps the pages turning . . . there are powerful insights into the lives and longings of refugees that make this more than mere satire. It's a book that engages deeply. - Financial Times A great book: funny, wicked, tragic - Stern Bolder and funnier than Look Who's Back The prospect that nearly half a million people are going to show up at the German border becomes a real one. Can they be bought off? Sabotaged? Mowed down? Can a fence be built? Electrified? And how will all this play with the folks back home? The novel starts to acquire a deeply involving game-theoretical aspect . . . [W]ith whizz-bang energy and gleeful imaginative savagery. His achievement is to make this exodus, and the shaming hypocrisy of western reactions towards it, seem altogether plausible - Guardian An immensely enjoyable read - Spectator

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