Chinese Takeout
Arthur Nersesian

Read a recent profile of Arthur Nersesian in the New York Times

‘Thoroughly validates Nersesian’s reputation as one of the wittiest and most perceptive chroniclers of downtown life.’ Time Out, New York

‘(Nersesian) has a talent for dark comedy and witty dialogue…Woven throughout…are gems of observational brilliance…A vivid tour.’ American Book Review

‘A heartfelt, tragicomic bohemian romance…The hip squalor…takes on a mythic charge that energises Nersesian’s lyrical celebration.’ Publishers Weekly

Orloff Trenchant is a painter who sells books on West 4th Street in Manhattan and is obsessed with mastering his craft. Desperate for cash, Orloff agrees to take a commission no one else will touch: he has three weeks to carve a headstone for a recently deceased Chinese restaurateur – in the shape of a Chinese takeout box. As Orloff attempts to make his deadline, he navigates a toxic mix of fellow artists, struggling gallery owners, and a haunting drug addict poet whose life is more out of control than his own.

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Price: £9.95
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0-7145-3111-1

January 2005