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The writer has a grudge against society, which he documents with accounts of unsatisfying sex, unrealized ambition, unmitigated loneliness, and a sense of local and global distress. The square, overpopulation, the bourgeois, the bomb and the cocktail party are variously identified as sources of the grudge. There follows a little obscenity here, a dash of philosophy there, considerable whining overall, and a modern satirical novel is born.

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Renata Adler (born October 19, 1938 in Milan, Italy) is an American journalist and writer. After attending Bryn Mawr, Harvard University, and Yale, she became a staff writer-reporter for The New Yorker. In 1968-69, she was Chief Film Critic for the New York Times.

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