Tom McCarthy’s intense life of a man steeped in the electric modernity of the early 20th century, transfixed by technologies that will obliterate him

From birth, Serge Carrefax embraces a weird world of transmissions, filled with cryptic codes and poetic signals. In adolescence, this world takes on a darker aspect. What follows is a stunning tour de force in which the eerily idyllic settings of pre-war Europe give way to the exhilarating flightpaths of the frontline aeroplane radio operator, the prison camps of Germany, the drug-fuelled London of the roaring twenties and, finally, the ancient tombs of Egypt.

The Man Booker Prize 2010
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Jonathan Cape
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Tom McCarthy's work has been translated into more than 20 languages and adapted for cinema, theatre and radio.
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