Set during a dictator’s last hundred days in power, Patrick McGuinness’ accomplished debut explores a world of danger, repression and corruption.

In 1989, Nicolae Ceausescu was still clinging on to power in Romania. But with blood on his hands, his grip was slipping. When a young English student arrives in Bucharest he soon finds himself uncomfortably close to the eye of the storm. He encounters dissidents, party apparatchiks, black-marketeers, diplomats, spies and ordinary Romanians, their lives intertwined against a background of severe poverty and repression, as Europe’s most paranoid regime plays out its bloody endgame.

The Man Booker Prize 2011
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