• Stupéfiant d'imagination, de drôlerie et de profondeur, un premier roman époustouflant, finaliste du prestigieux Man Booker Prize. Porté par une véritable dynamite verbale, un mélange détonant, entre roman d'aventures, farce jubilatoire et conte philosophique. Une flamboyante odyssée familiale, du bush australien au Paris bohème et à la jungle thaïlandaise, des années 1960 à nos jours. Toute sa vie, Jasper Dean a hésité entre détester, plaindre, adorer et assassiner son père, Martin. Maintenant que Martin est mort, Jasper peut revenir à loisir sur le cas de ce philosophe autodidacte, génie méconnu et féroce misanthrope qui s'est brûlé les ailes à vouloir sortir de l'ombre de son frère Terry, Robin des bois moderne adulé des foules en Australie. De dépressions passagères en illuminations foudroyantes, d'amours contrariées en atroces trahisons, de clubs de strip-tease en paquebots clandestins, père et fils vont se retrouver embarqués dans une aventure qui les dépasse. Mais, face aux coups du sort, c'est en Jasper que Martin trouvera le meilleur compagnon d'infortune de ses vains efforts pour laisser une trace de son passage dans ce monde qu'il méprise...

  • Sept ans après le succès d' Une partie du tout, le grand retour de Steve Toltz. Porté par une voix unique, mélange explosif de drôlerie et de noirceur, un morceau de bravoure littéraire sur une amitié improbable entre deux losers magnifiques, doublé d'une réflexion féroce et désespérément drôle sur l'art et la condition humaine. En Australie, de nos jours. Écrivain raté devenu policier pour subvenir aux besoins de sa femme et de sa fille, Liam est affligé d'un ami, disons... encombrant. Certes, les voies de l'amitié sont impénétrables mais Aldo ! Aldo est drôle, cynique, très intelligent. Aldo est aussi l'homme le plus poissard que la terre ait porté. A croire que sa vie est guidée par une force qui le dépasse : l'échec. Adolescent déjà, le malheureux Aldo est accusé de viol alors qu'il est encore puceau. Adulte, croulant sous les dettes, il est régulièrement tabassé par ses créanciers. Pourtant, l'homme a de l'imagination à revendre et un sens de l'entreprise bien à lui. Films de zombies made in Australia, chewing-gums pour chiens ou encore vêtements de grossesse gothiques : autant de grandes idées qui échouent lamentablement. Stella, sa femme, le quitte après une fausse couche. Même sa tentative de suicide est une énième rataison puisqu'il finit en fauteuil roulant. Aldo ? Un vrai roman. Justement. Et si l'existence même d'Aldo était le matériel dont Liam a toujours rêvé pour accoucher enfin de son chef-d'oeuvre ? Le flic se lance alors dans un improbable défi : devenir le biographe d'Aldo. Un projet qui va le mettre face à la cruauté humaine, l'hypocrisie de la société et l'absurdité de l'existence.

  • Meet the Deans“The fact is, the whole of Australia despises my father more than any other man, just as they adore my uncle more than any other man. I might as well set the story straight about both of them . . .”Heroes or Criminals?Crackpots or Visionaries?Families or Enemies?“. . . Anyway, you know how it is. Every family has a story like this one.”Most of his life, Jasper Dean couldn’t decide whether to pity, hate, love, or murder his certifiably paranoid father, Martin, a man who overanalyzed anything and everything and imparted his selfgarnered wisdom to his only son. But now that Martin is dead, Jasper can fully reflect on the crackpot who raised him in intellectual captivity, and what he realizes is that, for all its lunacy, theirs was a grand adventure.As he recollects the events that led to his father’s demise, Jasper recounts a boyhood of outrageous schemes and shocking discoveries—about his infamous outlaw uncle Terry, his mysteriously absent European mother, and Martin’s constant losing battle to make a lasting mark on the world he so disdains. It’s a story that takes them from the Australian bush to the cafes of bohemian Paris, from the Thai jungle to strip clubs, asylums, labyrinths, and criminal lairs, and from the highs of first love to the lows of failed ambition. The result is a rollicking rollercoaster ride from obscurity to infamy, and the movig, memorable story of a father and son whose spiritual symmetry transcends all their many shortcomings.A Fraction of the Whole is an uproarious indictment of the modern world and its mores and the epic debut of the blisteringly funny and talented Steve Toltz.

  • From his prison cell, Jasper Dean tells the unlikely story of his scheming father Martin, his crazy Uncle Terry and how the three of them upset - mostly unintentionally - an entire continent. Incorporating death, parenting (good and bad kinds), one labyrinth, first love, a handbook for criminals, a scheme to make everyone rich and an explosive suggestion box, Steve Toltz's A Fraction of the Whole is a hilarious, heartbreaking story of families and how to survive them.

  • Intensely moving, darkly funny and hugely entertaining, Quicksand focuses on the multifaceted dynamics between the protagonists Aldo and Liam: lifelong friends, criminal and police officer, muse and writer.

    As well as being a compulsively funny work, Quicksand also offers its reader a profound exploration of fate, suffering and resilience; a gruelling yet illuminating depiction of physical disability; and a subversive portrait of twenty-first-century society in all its hypocrisy and absurdity.

  • Meet the Deans "The fact is, the whole of Australia despises my father more than any other man, just as they adore my uncle more than any other man. I might as well set the story straight about both of them . . ." Heroes or Criminals?
    Crackpots or Visionaries?
    Families or Enemies?
    ". . . Anyway, you know how it is. Every family has a story like this one." Most of his life, Jasper Dean couldn';t decide whether to pity, hate, love, or murder his certifiably paranoid father, Martin, a man who overanalyzed anything and everything and imparted his self-garnered wisdom to his only son. But now that Martin is dead, Jasper can fully reflect on the crackpot who raised him in intellectual captivity, and what he realizes is that, for all its lunacy, theirs was a grand adventure.
    As he recollects the events that led to his father';s demise, Jasper recounts a boyhood of outrageous schemes and shocking discoveries--about his infamous outlaw uncle Terry, his mysteriously absent European mother, and Martin';s constant losing battle to make a lasting mark on the world he so disdains. It';s a story that takes them from the Australian bush to the cafes of bohemian Paris, from the Thai jungle to strip clubs, asylums, labyrinths, and criminal lairs, and from the highs of first love to the lows of failed ambition. The result is a rollicking rollercoaster ride from obscurity to infamy, and the moving, memorable story of a father and son whose spritual symmetry transcends all their many shortcomings.
    A Fraction of the Whole is an uproarious indictment of the modern world and its mores and the epic debut of the blisteringly funny and talented Steve Toltz.

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