The history man: a novel

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Houghton Mifflin, 1976 - Fiction - 230 pages
24 Reviews
Free love and free living are the rules the Kirks live by, but their lives become challenged by their beliefs.

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User Review  - David Santiuste - Goodreads

This is an impressive work of satire that successfully punctures a lot of balloons - although the humour can be very black indeed! The central character is a lecturer of sociology, and the book is set ... Read full review

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

a bunch of characters I would never want to meet or speak with or know about. Read full review

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About the author (1976)

A professor of English literature and American studies who has published numerous critical works, Malcolm Bradbury is also a novelist whose protagonists are academics who make muddles of their personal and professional lives. He maintains that his main concern is to explore problems and dilemmas of liberalism and issues of moral responsibility. The targets of Bradbury's satires include intellectual pretension, cultural myopia, and official smugness. His protagonists are largely sympathetic, if comic, failures at mastering their own fates in a world of absurd rules and regulations. His major novels include Eating People Is Wrong (1959), Stepping Westward (1965), and The History Man (1975). This last, a novel of intellectual and political conflict at an English university in the late 1960s, was made into a successful television minidrama. More recent novels include Rates of Exchange (1983) and Cuts (1987).

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