Absurdist comedy is a thoroughly enjoyable read

Fiction: Undermajordomo Minor; By Patrick deWitt; Granta, €17.25

8th November, 2015

Patrick deWitt’s third novel is a mock-Gothic satire that subverts and satirises traditional conventions while maintaining a satisfyingly uncanny mood. Set in an unnamed country with a distinct Central European feel, it charts the coming of age of Lucien Minor.

Lucy, as he is known to friends and enemies alike, has just turned 17 when he is visited during an illness by a mysterious stranger, a spectre – perhaps death himself – or...

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