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Politics (novel)

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Language  English
Pages  288 pp
Author  Adam Thirlwell
Publisher  Jonathan Cape
OCLC  52455510
Publication date  28 August 2003
Originally published  28 August 2003
Genre  Novel
Country  United Kingdom
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Media type  Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN  0-224-07104-1 (hardback edition) & ISBN 0-09-945902-7 (paperback edition)
Similar  Miss Herbert, Lurid and Cute, Kapow!, The Escape: A Novel, The Delighted States: A

Politics is a 2003 novel by Adam Thirlwell about a father-daughter relationship and about a ménage à trois which includes said daughter and two of her friends. We are informed by the narrator that the novel is about "goodness".


Plot summary

Nana, an attractive young "non-talker" in her mid-twenties—"tall, thin, pale, blonde, breasty"—who is working on her M.A. thesis, lives with her "Papa", the "benevolent angel" of the story, in Edgware, a suburb of London. She gets to know Moshe, a young Jewish actor from Finsbury, and they start a relationship. As time goes by, Anjali, a friend of Moshe's, joins them more and more in their sparetime activities until Nana, for whom sex is not necessarily a top priority, suggests a "threesome" because she wants Moshe to be happy.

Accordingly, due to Nana's altruism, for some months Nana and Moshe are joined in their lovemaking by Anjali, who is bisexual. The narrator, who defines a threesome as "the socialist utopia of sex", describes not only the sociology, psychology and ethics of their ménage à trois (for example by comparing it to the love triangle depicted in the film Cabaret) but also, in some detail, the technicalities and what he calls "sexual etiquette". However, he also frequently ponders philosophical questions and occasionally redefines old concepts such as that of infidelity ("the selfish desire to be helpful to more than one person").

In the summer Nana goes on holiday with her Papa, leaving behind two thirds of the ménage à trois. In Venice, Italy, Papa complains of a splitting headache, and shortly after their return to England he suffers a stroke—a good excuse for Nana to break up with both Moshe and Anjali, although her father is saddened by the thought of his daughter giving up her boyfriend on his account.

Characters in "Politics"

  • Nana – protagonist
  • Papa – Nana's father
  • Moshe – a Jewish actor
  • Anjali – a bisexual
  • References

    Politics (novel) Wikipedia

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