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Fat Man in Historyby Peter Carey
Synopses & Reviews
If, in some post-Marxist utopia, obesity were declared counterrevolutionary, how would a houseful of fat men strike back? If it were possible to win a new body by lottery, what kind of people would chooseugliness? If two gun-toting thugs decided to take over a business — and run it through sheer terror — how far would their methods take them?
These are the questions that Peter Carey, author of The TaxInspector and Oscar and Lucinda, brilliantly explores in this collection of stories. Exquisitely written and thoroughly envisioned, the tales in The Fat Man in History reach beyond their arresting premises to utter deepand often frightening truths about our brightest and darkest selves.
A collection of surrealistic stories set in the near future centers on such bizarre events as a genetic lottery for winning new bodies and a revolution organized by a group of ostracized fat men
Table of Contents
The fat man in history — Peeling — "Do you love me?" — The chance — The puzzling nature of blue — Exotic pleasures — The last days of a famous mime — A windmill in the West — American dreams — War crimes.
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