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Canongate U.S.
Canongate U.S.

The Best Thing That Can Happen to a Croissant

by Pablo Tusset

“Engaging and occasionally even uproarious. . . . The book is a pleasure precisely because it so brazenly sloughs off responsibilities to pacing, plot or emotional resonance. Rarely has such a winning story been built out of such a paean to the joys of slackerdom.” –Publishers Weekly

  • Imprint Canongate U.S.
  • Page Count 496
  • Publication Date October 17, 2005
  • ISBN-13 978-1-8419-5715-9
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $14.00

About The Book

A wickedly funny debut novel that recalls early Martin Amis, David Gates, and Hunter S. Thompson, and follows a dissolute, reluctant detective who must track down his missing brother who runs the lucrative family business in Barcelona

Pablo Tusset’s debut novel, The Best Thing That Can Happen to a Croissant, a best seller in Europe, follows the hilarious, boozy, libidinous, and occa­sionally dangerous travails of Pablo “Baloo’ Miralles, the wholeheartedly dissolute thirty-year-old black sheep of the staid Barcelona finance titans of Miralles & Miralles. This renowned Internet blogger, daytime sleeper, and dedi­cated hedonist is yanked into family business matters when the president of the business, his older, accomplished brother, disappears. Thus begins an easy-riding, reluctant-detective story that Booker Prize winner DBC Pierre calls “a perfect salute to imperfection.” Tusset’s prodigious talents as both a satirist and creator of one of the most hilarious underachievers in recent memory make this an exquisitely entertaining read.

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Praise

“Tusset’s novel is a mystery in the same way that Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a report of a motorcycle race. Croissant is more coherent, but Tusset treats the quest as simply an excuse to let us spend time with his fantastically funny (and insanely quotable) hero. . . . Pablo, the overweight, indignant solipsist, comes from good literary lineage, bearing a strong resemblance to both Joey Tallon in Patrick McCabe’s Call Me the Breeze and Ignatius J. Reilly in John Kennedy Toole’s Confederacy of Dunces. Unforgettable.” –Booklist (starred review)

“Engaging and occasionally even uproarious. . . . The book is a pleasure precisely because it so brazenly sloughs off responsibilities to pacing, plot or emotional resonance. Rarely has such a winning story been built out of such a paean to the joys of slackerdom.” –Publishers Weekly

“This isn’t a book, it’s a month of Friday nights out.” –DBC Pierre

“Tusset’s story is like Umberto Eco in a zany mood.

” –Financial Times Magazine

“Funny and original . . . an irreverent hymn of praise to excess consumption of drugs, drink and junk food . . . This first novel by a Barcelona writer has been a success throughout Europe.” –The Independent

“A striking creation, a Falstaffian Barcelona dope fiend and ill-disciplined but insightful philosopher, boozing, puffing, snorting, and whoring his way through his thirties.” –The Times (London)

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