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The dismal science : a novel

Author: Peter Mountford
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, Berkeley, CA Publishers Group West 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"The Dismal Science tells of a middle-aged vice president at the World Bank, Vincenzo D'Orsi, who publicly quits his job over a seemingly minor argument with a colleague. A scandal inevitably ensues, and he systematically burns every bridge to his former life. After abandoning his career, Vincenzo, a recent widower, is at a complete loss as to what to do with himself. The story follows his efforts to rebuild his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Psychological fiction
Novels
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Mountford
ISBN: 9781935639725 1935639722
OCLC Number: 852223634
Description: 275 pages ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Peter Mountford.

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"The Dismal Science tells of a middle-aged vice president at the World Bank, Vincenzo D'Orsi, who publicly quits his job over a seemingly minor argument with a colleague. A scandal inevitably ensues, and he systematically burns every bridge to his former life. After abandoning his career, Vincenzo, a recent widower, is at a complete loss as to what to do with himself. The story follows his efforts to rebuild his identity without a vocation or the company of his wife. An exploration of the fragile nature of identity, The Dismal Science reveals the terrifying speed with which a person's sense of self can be annihilated. It is at once a study of a man attempting to apply his reason to the muddle of life and a book about how that same ostensible rationality, and the mathematics of finance in particular, operates-with similarly dubious results-in our world."--

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