Despite its bleak title, "Doom" is William Gerhardie's most wildly funny novel. It is the story of Frank Dickin, an impoverished young novelist, and his involvement, on the one hand, with an eccentric family of Russian emigres--in particular, their beautiful daughter Eva--and, on the other, with an all-powerful newspaper magnate, Lord Ottercove, who takes Dickin on as a lost cause. This irrepressible comic potpourri also involves a mad English lord who is bent on destroying the world, and with an outrageous sleight of hand that only Gerhardie could manage, the novel slowly slips from social comedy toward apocalypse.
Published: in UK in 2001
Publisher: Prion Books Ltd
ISBN 13: 9781853754463
ISBN 10: 1853754463
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