The Tournament (Text Classics)
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The most unusual tennis tournament in history is about to start. Einstein's seeded fourth. Chaplin, Freud and van Gogh are also in the top rankings. World number one is Tony Chekhov. In all, 128 of the world's most creative players - everyone from Louis Armstrong to George Orwell, Gertrude Stein to Coco Chanel - are going to fight it out until the exhilarating final on centre court. First published in 2002, John Clarke's The Tournament is a brilliant, bizarre comic novel.
`A genius-touched tour de farce...A wondrously comic tumult of personalities, anachronisms, jokes.' * Kirkus Reviews * `Ingenious flair for encapsulating a writer, artist or thinker in a few sentences...A funny, clever book.' * Washington Post * `Game, set, match and championship: J. Clarke.' * Australian Book Review * `A brilliant invention from a national treasure.' * Daily Telegraph * `What Peter Ustinov once did for Grand Prix motor racing, The Tournament does for tennis and world culture combined.' -- Clive James