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  • s  involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction
    picaresque novels
    waifs of the picaresque tradition
    a picaresque hero

  • Misha is trapped (for legal reasons) in his homeland, and his longing--plus vodka--powers this endlessly inventive, lugubriously funny post-Soviet picaresque.
  • Any picaresque epic seems longer than its running time, and this one eventually begins wandering, like Jim, in search of an elusive climax of reconciliation.
  • A picaresque Everyman, he wanders the world searching for his soul, finally finds it; but most readers will be less interested in his quest than in his adventures by the way.
News & Articles


  • Colm Toibin in AFP
    The panel of judges, which included Irish novelist Colm Toibin, described Su's work as a "picaresque novel of immense charm".
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti in Independent
    It doesn't have a plot,says poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. "It was a road novel - a picaresque, like Don Quixote."
  • Dorothy Parker in Boston Globe (registration)
    Dorothy Parker called it "the picaresque novel to stop them all"; VS Naipaul observed that "on every page there is that immediacy that all good writing has."

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