“The Last Hundred Days”

September 6, 2011 at 6:15 am | Posted in Fiction | Leave a comment

Okay, Patrick McGuinness was robbed.  Robbed, I tell you!  The Last Hundred Days is a pretty much perfect book.  Surely a place for it could have been found on the Man Booker short list.

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Perhaps it’s the topic, which is about Romania in the late 80s before the revolution.  Perhaps it’s the length – the other short listers were all, well, shorter.  Otherwise I have no explanation.

What’s great about The Last Hundred Days is the way McGuinness captures the irony and humor of Eastern Europe in the face of political repression.  I’ve read a number of books in translation by authors of the region, and it seems that he really nails it.  The details make the story believable, and, as it turns out, the author did live in Romania during this time period.

Anyway, I thought it was great.  Good luck getting it on this side of the pond, though – it doesn’t have a US publication date scheduled at this time.

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