The man who was Thursday: a nightmare

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G. K. Chesterton's surreal masterpiece is a psychological thriller that centers on seven anarchists in turn-of-the-century London who call themselves by the names of the days of the week. Chesterton explores the meanings of their disguised identities in what is a fascinating mystery and, ultimately, a spellbinding allegory. As Jonathan Lethem remarks in his Introduction, The real characters are the ideas. Chesterton's nutty agenda is really quite simple: to expose moral relativism and parlor nihilism for the devils he believes them to be. This wouldn't be interesting at all, though, if he didn't also show such passion for giving the devil his due. He animates the forces of chaos and anarchy with every ounce of imaginative verve and rhetorical force in his body.
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Can you trust yourself when you don't know who you are?

In a park in London, secret policeman Gabriel Syme strikes up a conversation with an anarchist. Sworn to do his duty, Syme uses his new acquaintance to go undercover in Europe's Central Anarchist Council and infiltrate their deadly mission, even managing to have himself voted to the position of 'Thursday'.

When Syme discovers another undercover policeman on the Council, however, he starts to question his role in their operations. And as a desperate chase across Europe begins, his confusion grows, as well as his confidence in his ability to outwit his enemies.

But he has still to face the greatest terror that the Council has: a man named Sunday, whose true nature is worse than Syme could ever have imagined ...

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subject_facet Allegories, Anarchism and anarchists -- Fiction, London (England) -- 20th century -- Fiction
title_display The man who was Thursday : a nightmare
title_full The Man Who Was Thursday A Nightmare, The man who was Thursday : a nightmare / G.K. Chesterton ; introduction by Kingsley Amis, The man who was Thursday : a nightmare / by G. K. Chesterton
title_short The man who was Thursday :
title_sub a nightmare
topic_facet Allegories, Anarchism and anarchists, Classic Literature, Fiction, Literature, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller