Tancredi is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to James Palumbo’s critically acclaimed debut novel, Tomas.
Written by one of the founders of Ministry of Sound nightclub and brand, the novel is billed as ‘a satire set in a future world’ and provides ‘a controversial and thought-provoking critique on the short-termism which pervades our society’.
The book’s protagonist, Tancredi, is born on the day that scientists discover a new star called Surprise. This star – which has lain undiscovered for millennia – looks set to explode as a supernova and is destined to bring about Armageddon. Tancredi’s parents are killed in a space accident and, struck by the futility of life, he sets out to achieve something truly meaningful. His attempt to save the world takes him to several planets which each represent a different theme, from reality TV to obesity. However, just as Tancredi is ready togive up on this quest, the supernova explodes and humanity is hit by the realisation that they are all going to die. Faced with their own mortality, humans throughout the world are struck by the short-termism which dominates their own lives. What is the point of chasing money, power and prestige? A single thought remains – why not spend a life that matters?
The book goes on sale on September 29. For more information, go to www.jamespalumbo.com or view the illustration below.
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