The Polyglots, The

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The Polyglots is the story of an eccentric Belgian family living in the Far East in the uncertain years after World War I and the Russian Revolution. The tale is recounted by their dryly conceited young English relative, Captain Georges Hamlet Alexander Diabologh, who comes to stay with them during a military mission. Teeming with bizarre charactersdepressives, obsessives, paranoiacs, hypochondriacs, and sex maniacsGerhardie paints a brilliantly absurd world where the comic and the tragic are profoundly and irrevocably entwined.