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B. S. Johnson - Szerencsétlenek
A ​Szerencsétlenek az író harmadik, legismertebb regénye. Hírét nem kis részben különös megjelenési formájának köszönhette: az eredeti kiadás lapjain nem könyv alakban, hanem dobozban kerültek az angol olvasó kezébe, hogy az olvasó a szerző szándéka szerint a művet maga is átalakíthassa. A mű maradandó értékét azonban nem ez az érdekes ötlet biztosítja, hanem a történetben foglalt emberi dráma: az élet és halál szembesítése. S az írói vállalkozás: az emlékezet heroikus küzdelme, hogy az ősi tragédiát modern valóság anyagából újrateremtse. Hogy igazságot tegyen.

B. S. Johnson - Albert ​Angelo
Albert ​Angelo tells the story of Albert Angelo, a substitute teacher who longs to be a professional architect. He has had to resort to teaching to make ends meet, as he is not an accomplished enough architect to make a living from it. Living in a flat in Angel in London, he finds himself teaching in increasingly tougher schools, and part of the story concerns his struggle with difficult pupils in class, mirroring Albert's struggle with life in general. Through the reproduction of some of their essays, we also learn the pupils' opinions of Albert and their attitudes towards him, which are often hilarious. Albert devotes much thought to his ex-girlfriend Jenny, with whom he is still very much in love and who he feels betrayed him. He reminisces about her frequently. His friend Terry, whom he accompanies to late-night cafes, was also 'betrayed' by a woman, and their friendship is built upon this common experience. The story is at times humorous and at others incredibly serious. As is usual in a Johnson novel sexuality is openly and frankly discussed. Johnson's writing technique allows us to view Albert's character from many angles.

B. S. Johnson - Christie ​Malry's Own Double Entry
B.S. ​Johnson's funniest and most accessible novel, reissued for the first time in 25 years with a foreword by John Lanchester Christie Malry is a simple person. Born into a family without money he realised early along in the game that the best way to come by money was to place himself next to it. So he took a job as a very junior bank clerk in a very stuffy bank. It was at the bank that Christie discocered the principles of double-entry bookkeeping, from which he evolved his Great Idea. For every offence Christy henceforth received at the hands of a society with which he was clearly out of step. a debit must be noted; after which, society would have to be paid back appropriately, so that the paper credit would accrue to Christy's account. Acerbic yet funny, this is a novel which, even as it provokes laughter, will alarm and disturb as well.

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