Love, Sex And Other Foreign Policy Goals by Jesse ArmstrongLove, Sex And Other Foreign Policy Goals by Jesse Armstrong

Love, Sex And Other Foreign Policy Goals

byJesse Armstrong

Hardcover | June 7, 2016

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It’s 1994, and war rages on in Yugoslavia—Sarajevo is under siege, and Bosnia’s different ethnic groups are battling for control of the newly independent country.

Hundreds of miles away, in a posh dining room in west London, Andrew is in a similarly precarious situation: the fine balancing act of breathing, blinking, and sipping champagne at the same time. Penny, who may be the love of his life, is about to make the Great Announcement to her parents: that she, Andrew, and a handful of other young idealists are headed to Bosnia to stop the war by performing peace plays from the back of their van.

But more important than peace—does Penny like Andrew, too? Or does she like Simon, who Andrew concedes is “essentially me, only better”? Will this trip across Europe finally bring them together, or will Andrew die in a minefield? And just how long will it take the gang to figure out that Andrew does not, in fact, speak Serbo-Croat?

From one of England’s most lauded comedy writers, Love, Sex, and Other Foreign Policy Goals is a satiric, absurd, and laugh-out-loud romp about tenderhearted, misguided dilettantes traveling through war-torn Europe, with nothing but a half-written script to protect them.
Jesse Armstrong is the cocreator and writer of the BAFTA Award–winning Peep Show, as well as Fresh Meat, Bad Sugar, Babylon and, with Chris Morris, Four Lions. He was also cowriter of the The Thick of It and the Oscar-nominated In the Loop, writes for the HBO comedy series Veep, and wrote the “Entire History of You” episode for Charlie...
Title:Love, Sex And Other Foreign Policy GoalsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.1 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399184201

ISBN - 13:9780399184208


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Editorial Reviews

"Armstrong’s novel is an admirable contribution to the literature of that conflict, its mordant humor effectively balanced by a keen appreciation of the futility and irrationality of war."—BookPageJesse Armstrong has dared a lot: written a funny novel—a road novel!—much of it set in the former Yugoslavia in the Age of Milsoevic. Armstrong’s hero, and his not-very-Magnificent Eight (or seven), set off on a dubious peace excursion that takes them from London to the Balkans, with even an attempt at sightseeing at Hitler’s Austrian birthplace. Along the way, Armstrong’s ear for comedy remains keen; as he goes deeper into the killing fields of modern Europe, the laughs are real but never cheap.”—Jeffrey Frank, author of The Columnist, Bad Publicity and Trudy Hopedale   "It's astonishing how many impossible feats Jesse Armstrong manages to pull off in his first novel. This is a comedy about war that succeeds in telling you in a funny way how not funny war is. It's full of mixed-up idealists who you really care for, and whose youthful naivety is both laughable and laudable at the same time. It's an honest and hilariously embarrassing love story whose comedy never diminishes the reality of the torrid international mess going on all around it. And it's all done with a lightness of touch and readability that'll be the envy of most writers. It's a hilarious novel with serious things to say."—Armando Iannuci, producer/creator of I’m Alan Partridge and Veep"This is a novel that takes comedy out of its comfort zone, too. And the good news is that the more serious Armstrong gets, the funnier and filthier the jokes become."—Sunday Express"Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals combines the best of sitcom-style drama with just the right amount of gravity to make it a substantial read...Armstrong's debut manages to be clever and fun while also retaining grittiness."—The Independent  "One of our most accomplished TV writers has announced himself as a novelist to watch with the best Waugh-like war story debut novel since William Boyd's A Good Man in Africa almost 35 years ago."—New Statesman "Very funny and dry."—The Spectator"You'll also find anough find writing to make you realise that Armstrong is after much more than laughs."—The Times (Saturday Review)"Humanistic and generous in its humour."—The Times Literary Supplement  "A bravura comic debut...Armstrong's comic voice is versatile, original, unabashed; deployed to reveal rather than obscure."—The Guardian