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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > June 2019 > Flights of fancy

Flights of fancy

Structurally innovative new books from David Szalay and Adam Foulds contain overlapping concerns

two spare,world-spanning new novels by gifted prose stylists plumb the themes oflove, death, and desire. Set on airplanes, in lonely flats, houses, and hotels, Turbulence by DavidSzalay and Dream Sequence by Adam Foulds differ radically in form and tone but possess overlapping concerns. Both books illuminate the isolation and heartbreak engendered by our contemporary culture; while Szalay’s soinbre workexplores mortality and our com- mon humanity, Foulds’s witty satire focuses on obsession and the quest for fame.

The two authors share a number of bio- graphical coincidences. Both have been finalists for the Man Booker Prize - Szalay (or All That Man Is in 2016 and Foulds for The QuickeningMaze in 2009. Szalay was born in Montreal, though his family soon relocated to London and he now lives in Budapest. Fou ld s under went the opposite trajectory, having grown up in London and recently relocated to Toronto.

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