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Ludmila's Broken English

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Publisher Comments:

A wild and brilliant tale by the winner of the Man Booker Prize and one of our most original storytellers.

On a Tuesday in terror-struck London, Blair and Bunny Heath become the first adult conjoined twins ever successfully separated. On a Tuesday in the war-torn Caucasus, Ludmila Derev accidentally kills her grandfather. By December, they find themselves trudging together through a snow field, staring down the barrel of a rebel's gun.

Ludmila sets out on a journey west to save her family from starvation and marauding Gnez troops. Hers is an odyssey of sour wit, even sourer vodka, and a Soviet tractor probably running on goat's piss. The Heath twins are released from a newly privatized institution rumored to have been founded for an illegitimate royal baby. They are plunged into a round?the?clock world churning with opportunity, rowdy with the chatter of freedom, self?empowerment, and sex. Dangerous cocktails and a Russian Brides Web site throw these unforgettable characters together with explosive results.

DBC Pierre's second novel confirms his place in the ranks of today's most audacious and acclaimed novelists.

Review:

"Pierre's debut, Vernon God Little, won the Man Booker and the Whitbread prizes in 2003; the book narrated a grim and bizarre Columbine-like aftermath in smalltown Texas. Here, Pierre widens his scope in comparing and combining the sordid lives of formerly conjoined twins in the U.K. with that of a seductress from the war-torn Caucasus. The author, whose pen name initials stand for 'Dirty But Clean,' begins by highlighting the adult Heath twins' childish antics in a terror-threatened London. Upon their medical separation as adults (effected in a prologue; they were conjoined at the abdomen) and release from a private institution, Blair, intrepid and sexually ripe, and Bunny, a feeble asexual, enter the real world and must learn to rely on one another in new ways. Meanwhile, miles away in Ubilisk-Kuzhniskia, the beautiful, sarcastic Ludmila Derev has accidentally killed her incestuous grandfather, the family's sole breadwinner, and must save her family from starvation. Her sharp tongue pulls her into a Russian brides Internet scam, throwing her in the path of the traveling Heath brothers. With a mix of offbeat composition and intoxicating insight, Pierre's dystopian work is in a genus all its own; he succeeds in shocking his audience with this maddeningly entertaining encore." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"'Ludmila's Broken English' is the worst novel I've read since DBC Pierre's debut novel, 'Vernon God Little.' That nasty satire about the Columbine massacre won the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award in 2003 during a fit of British tastelessness. Pierre, an Australian con man whose real name is Peter Finlay, took the pseudonym DBC as a play on his nickname: Dirty But Clean. Now 'Ludmila's Broken... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Only daring (and controversial) Booker Prize winner Pierre would risk a plot like this." Library Journal

Review:

"[O]verextended narrative with an underdeveloped plot....[A] stick-figured, incongruously plotted, gratuitously indulgent novel..." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Ludmila's Broken English is the worst novel I've read since DBC Pierre's debut novel, Vernon God Little....Dirty But Dull." Ron Charles, Washington Post

Review:

"Embrace Pierre's full-bodied, freewheeling technique on the first page or get ready for a thoroughly dislocating ride." Oregonian

Review:

"[I]ncomparably original, fresh storytelling that leaves the bulk of contemporary satirical storytelling far behind...Pierre dazzles with self-confident, in your face, utterly original brilliance..." Seattle Times

Review:

"This delirious narrative floats somewhere outside literal written words....[A] wonder..." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"No novelist is more his own man than DBC Pierre...[he] takes gigantic risks." The Times [London]

About the Author

DBC Pierre is the author of Vernon God Little, which won the Man Booker Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award. He lives in County Leitrim, Ireland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393062373
Author:
Pierre, DBC
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mail order brides
Subject:
Conjoined twins
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
May 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
326
Dimensions:
9.44x6.94x1.10 in. 1.39 lbs.

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Product details 326 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393062373 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Pierre's debut, Vernon God Little, won the Man Booker and the Whitbread prizes in 2003; the book narrated a grim and bizarre Columbine-like aftermath in smalltown Texas. Here, Pierre widens his scope in comparing and combining the sordid lives of formerly conjoined twins in the U.K. with that of a seductress from the war-torn Caucasus. The author, whose pen name initials stand for 'Dirty But Clean,' begins by highlighting the adult Heath twins' childish antics in a terror-threatened London. Upon their medical separation as adults (effected in a prologue; they were conjoined at the abdomen) and release from a private institution, Blair, intrepid and sexually ripe, and Bunny, a feeble asexual, enter the real world and must learn to rely on one another in new ways. Meanwhile, miles away in Ubilisk-Kuzhniskia, the beautiful, sarcastic Ludmila Derev has accidentally killed her incestuous grandfather, the family's sole breadwinner, and must save her family from starvation. Her sharp tongue pulls her into a Russian brides Internet scam, throwing her in the path of the traveling Heath brothers. With a mix of offbeat composition and intoxicating insight, Pierre's dystopian work is in a genus all its own; he succeeds in shocking his audience with this maddeningly entertaining encore." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Only daring (and controversial) Booker Prize winner Pierre would risk a plot like this."
"Review" by , "[O]verextended narrative with an underdeveloped plot....[A] stick-figured, incongruously plotted, gratuitously indulgent novel..."
"Review" by , "Ludmila's Broken English is the worst novel I've read since DBC Pierre's debut novel, Vernon God Little....Dirty But Dull."
"Review" by , "Embrace Pierre's full-bodied, freewheeling technique on the first page or get ready for a thoroughly dislocating ride."
"Review" by , "[I]ncomparably original, fresh storytelling that leaves the bulk of contemporary satirical storytelling far behind...Pierre dazzles with self-confident, in your face, utterly original brilliance..."
"Review" by , "This delirious narrative floats somewhere outside literal written words....[A] wonder..."
"Review" by , "No novelist is more his own man than DBC Pierre...[he] takes gigantic risks."
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