Expo 58: A Novel

Expo 58: A Novel

Jonathan Coe

A comedian secret agent caper and foreign love tale, set in Europe in the midst of the final century, Expo 58 is the newest chic production by way of Jonathan Coe, hailed by means of Nick Hornby as “probably the easiest English novelist of his generation.”

Handsome, unassuming Thomas Foley is an worker on the significant place of work of data whose specific biography (Belgian mom, pub-owning father) makes him simply the guy to supervise the “authentic British pub” that might be erected on the 1958 Brussels World’s reasonable. It’s the 1st significant expo after international conflict II, intended to indicate solidarity, yet there’s inevitable intrigue regarding the U.S. and Soviet delegations. within the shadow of an important, imposingly smooth constitution referred to as the Atomium, the married Foley turns into either agent and pawn—when he’s no longer falling head over heels for Anneke, his Belgian hostess.

Funny, fast paced, and surely relocating, Expo 58 is either an ideal evocation of a second in historical past and the welcome go back of 1 of today’s most interesting novelists.

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