From the acclaimed, Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of All That Man Is, a stunning, virtuosic novel about twelve people, mostly strangers, and the surprising ripple effect each one has on the life of the next as they cross paths while in transit around the world.
A woman strikes up a conversation with the man sitting next to her on a plane after some turbulence. He returns home to tragic news that has also impacted another stranger, a shaken pilot on his way to another continent who seeks comfort from a journalist he meets that night. Her life shifts subtly as well, before she heads to the airport on an assignment that will shift more lives in turn.
In this wondrous, profoundly moving novel, Szalay's diverse protagonists circumnavigate the planet in twelve flights, from London to Madrid, from Dakar to Sao Paulo, to Toronto, to Delhi, to Doha, en route to see lovers or estranged siblings, aging parents, baby grandchildren, or nobody at all. Along the way, they experience the full range of human emotions from loneliness to love and, knowingly or otherwise, change each other in one brief, electrifying interaction after the next.
Written with magic and economy and beautifully exploring the delicate, crisscrossed nature of relationships today, Turbulence is a dazzling portrait of the interconnectedness of the modern world.
DAVID SZALAY is the author of four previous works of fiction including London and the South-East, for which he was awarded the Betty Trask and Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prizes, and All That Man Is, for which he was awarded the Gordon Burn Prize and Plimpton Prize for Fiction, and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Born in Canada, he grew up in London, and now lives in Budapest.
Praise for Turbulence:
"[A] chilling achievement." —Evening Standard
"Page by page . . . Szalay's mixture of directness and withholding looks increasingly masterly." —Financial Times
"There's not an ounce of fat to be found, as decades of emotion hang in the spaces between the short, declarative sentences." —The Guardian
"Szalay's gift for inhabiting entirely different lives is as remarkable and spooky as ever." —The Times
"A portrait of our species at a time of crisis . . . Szalay is our greatest chronicler of these rootless, tradeworn places, and the desperate, itinerant lives of those who inhabit them." —The Observer
"Ingenious. . . . Stark and spare, Turbulence is an impressive novel." —The Spectator
"[Turbulence] is a (world) tour de force. . . . Szalay has devised an ingenious way to accomodate enormous range in a miniature form. Subtle, smart—a triumph." —Kirkus Reviews (starred)