“The most influential English novel of the twentieth century.” —William Boyd
"To my generation Gerhardie was the most important new novelist to appear in our young life." -- Graham Greene
"I have talent, but he has genius." -- Evelyn Waugh
"One of the funniest writers of the century." -- Philip Toynbee
"A comic writer of genius...but his art is profoundly serious: underneath the shamelessness and farce, his themes are the great ones, love greif and death, of intimations of joy and our imprisonment in the world of flesh and time." -- The Sunday Times
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From the Publisher
is the story of an eccentric Belgian family living in the Far East in the uncertain years after World War I and the Russian Revolution. The tale is recounted by their dryly conceited young English relative, Captain Georges Hamlet Alexander Diabologh, who comes to stay with them during a military mission. Teeming with bizarre characters depressives, obsessives, paranoiacs, hypochondriacs, and sex maniacs Gerhardie paints a brilliantly absurd world where the comic and the tragic are profoundly and irrevocably entwined.