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By Russell Smith

“The best Canadian novel published in 2004 was Muriella Pent… Russell Smith is one of the best stylists of my generation. His prose is exact, surprising, and written by a man with a fine ear.”
-Andre Alexis, author of Childhood, in The Globe and Mail

“[Muriella Pent is a] nuanced, and ultimately funnier, comedy of manners … elegant and moving … a tremendous leap forward for an already intriguing novelist.”
The Toronto Star

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Muriella Pent is a post-colonial comedy, the story of what happens when Caribbean writer Marcus Royston, a worldly, Oxford-educated, jaded, and slightly seedy writer finds himself sent to Canada on a cultural exchange, and lodged in the sprawling art nouveau mansion of middle-aged socialite Muriella Pent. In the tradition of Martin Amis’ The Information and John Updike’s Henry Bech series, Muriella Pent is an unnerving satire about age and youth, desire and privilege, and about warring definitions of art among intellectuals from different parts of the former British Empire.


“Interspersed with the biting wit is an almost elegiac quality to the writing … Smith comes closest to [Mordecai] Richler in his targeting of cultural industries and CanLit.”
The Globe and Mail

“Smith marches with boldness and humour into the minefield of race… Apart from comedy and brave insights, Smith writes some of the most luminous prose in Canadian fiction.”
The Gazette

“A gifted and sensually alert writer.”
National Post


Doubleday Canada, April 2004


Chosen as’s #1 fiction pick of 2004

Shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award

Shortlisted for The Rogers Writer’s Trust Award

A Globe and Mail Best Book of 2004

A Quill & Quire Best Book of 2004

A Toronto Star Best Book of 2004

Longlisted for the International Impac Literary Award

Other Books by Russell Smith