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Dinner at the Centre of the Earth

Nathan Englander

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A spellbinding political thriller from the multi-award-winning author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, Nathan Englander

'One of our most consistently brilliant, bold and funny writers' Dave Eggers
'His writing is liberal in every good sense of the word' Jonathan Franzen

A spellbinding thriller. A spy novel. A love story . . .

Prisoner Z, held at a black site in the Negev desert for a dozen years, has only his guard for company. How does a nice American Jewish boy from Long Island wind up an Israeli spy working for Mossad, and later, a traitor to his adopted country? What does it mean to be loyal? And what does it mean to be a traitor when the ideals you cherish are betrayed by the country you love?

'Englander is a wonderfully gifted writer' The Times
'One of the great voices of our time' Gary Shteyngart

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Praise for Dinner at the Centre of the Earth

  • It takes an exceptional combination of moral humility and moral assurance to integrate fine-grained comedy and large-scale tragedy as daringly as Nathan Englander does

  • Englander's wisest, funniest, bravest and most beautiful book. It overflows with revelations and gems

  • A jolt of electricity through the heart . . . a latitude of exquisitely wrought prose. In Englander's hands, story-telling is a transformative act

  • In Englander's hands, storytelling is a transformative act. Put him alongside Singer, Carver, and Munro. Englander is, quite simply, one of the very best we have

  • Political thriller, absurdist farce, globetrotting romance: multiple forms jostle in a beautifully written take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - MAIL ON SUNDAY

  • I love that fiction such as this can make you experience so intensely those great subjects with which your real-life familiarity is so very slight - GUARDIAN

  • Nathan Englander is one of those rare writers who, like Faulkner, manages to make his seemingly obsessive, insular concerns all the more universal for their specificity

  • Nathan Englander's latest is, as usual, superb: a work of psychological precision and moral force, with an immediacy that captures both timeless human truth as well as the perplexities of the present day

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Nathan Englander

Nathan Englander is also the author of the internationally bestselling story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, and the novel The Ministry of Special Cases. Translated into twenty-two languages, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Malamud Award, the Frank O'Connor Award, the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. He lives in Brooklyn.