In Praise of Truth Paperback – Oct 20 1994
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The anti-hero, Marklund - who constantly surprises with his observations, his absence of the seven deadly sins, his obsession with the power of art to infuse life with meaning - is reminiscent of Billy Budd. He seems untainted by sin who does not understand the ways of modern living. He understands nothing he exclaims, including himself. He admits however, that he may have underestimated life and overestimated art. He frequently refers to his favourite book The Guinness Book of Records which stands for, one presumes, the varieties of bizarre human behaviour. He and Paula, his one true love, laugh over it breathing garlic fumes over each other - these touches, their garlic breaths, add a kind of authenticity to the reality of their lives. Or the illusion of their existence?
Continually surprising, this novel captivates the reader with its quirky humour whilst
questioning modern life as we, most of us, live it. Art, illusion, the art market, the copy, love, desire, the art of celebrity, the marketing of talent, consumerism, insecurity and more, pepper this lovely work. A joy of a read.