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The Song of the Flea

Gerald Kersh
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571304561
Date Published
21.11.2013
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Summary

With The Song Of The Flea (1948) Gerald Kersh revisited the demi-monde of his famous Night And The City; but this novel concerns a writer, striving doggedly to make his living.

‘A remarkable novel… with this book Mr Kersh has taken a big step forward.’ Sunday Times

‘[Kersh] has a remarkable talent… he is one of the comparatively few living novelists in this country who write with energy and originality and whose ideas are not drawn from a residuum of novels that have been written before… [The Song of the Flea] is the story of John Pym, a young man trying to earn his living as a writer… Mr Kersh draws on his picturesque and convincing knowledge of human vileness in a manner which is both entertaining and instructive.’ Times Literary Supplement.

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Gerald Kersh was born in Teddington on August 26 1911. He quit schooling early, and took a succession of jobs while developing his ambition to write. In 1934 he published a roman a clef, Jews without Jehovah, immediately suppressed by members of his family who took exception to its contents. Following the outbreak of war Kersh joined the Coldstream Guards…

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