Kleinzeit
Russell Hoban

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Narrated By: Elliot Levey

Duration: 5 hours and 3 minutes

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On an ordinary day in a strangely unfamiliar London, Kleinzeit is fired from his advertising job and told he must go to hospital with a skewed hypotenuse. There on Ward A4, he falls in love with the divine, rosy-cheeked Sister and is sent spinning into a quest involving, among other things, a glockenspiel, sheets of yellow paper, Orpheus, the Underground and that dirty chimpanzee, Death.

'Kleinzeit, is a sort of holy fool, a fierce, lonely intelligence desperately trying to make sense of a hopeless world. A tour de force ... entirely delightful' Auberon Waugh, Evening Standard

'An original ... a delight to read' The Times

© Russell Hoban 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Genre

Classic science fiction, Speculative fiction

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Russell Hoban is one of our greatest, timeless novelists.

The Times

A second tour-de-force... entirely delightful.

Evening Standard

Brimming with humanity and humour... brilliant handling of language.

Glasgow Herald

Masterly ... a mosaic in which each tiny fragment of wit or dirt or profundity has its appointed place.

Times Literary Supplement

Russell Hoban is our Ur-novelist, a maverick voice that is like no other.