The Exchange-Rate Between Love and Money

Thomas Leveritt (Author)

Product Details

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
April 07, 2009
5.8 X 1.1 X 9.1 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Thomas Leveritt is an award-winning portrait painter. He has also worked as a computer programmer, biodiesel manufacturer and beer distributor. Raised in Dallas, Texas, he was sent at age eight to boarding school in the United Kingdom, where he now lives. The Exchange-Rate between Love and Money was awarded the Betty Trask first novel award.


"A raucous debut novel of sex and politics set in postwar but still chaotic Sarajevo in the early 21st century. Leveritt manages a difficult balancing act, using a rollicking and sometimes bawdy tone to examine serious issues of power politics, and he does it brilliantly." -- Kirkus
"Part love story, part hilarious political send-up, Leveritt's debut is hectic, intense and verbally dazzling." -- Catherine Taylor, The Guardian
"A tumult of avarice and violence and romance: at once brutal, crazed and hilarious." -- Jean Hannah Edelstein, New Statesman
"Radiates a certain clued-up, slacker intelligence -- serving up political farce and human tragedy side by side, his story of a city in which everything has its price unravels at breakneck speed." -- Claire Allfree, Metro
"Leveritt's Sarajevo, circa 2003, is a modern version of Burroughs' Interzone, a new Tangiers where everything is permitted to a busy and self-regarding clique of Western do-gooders.... Leveritt is adept at capturing the strange atmosphere of post-war Sarajevo." -- Marcus Tanner, The Independent
"A kaleidoscopic exploration of Bosnia-Herzegovina's postwar chaos via the intersecting lives of a motley group of Westerners working for N.G.O.s and the like. By turns exuberant, furious, bawdy, and mournful, the book shifts between big-picture history and the idiosyncratic passions of its players. As in classic Pynchon, Looney Tunes antics -- such as a quest to prove that a mystical property in Sarajevo's local beer supply allowed the city to survive its traumatic siege -- illuminate larger truths." -- The New Yorker
"The Exchange-Rate Between Love and Money is the kind of inventive, intelligent fiction that now deserves to make a splash stateside for Dallas-bred Thomas Leveritt. Set in Sarajevo circa 2002, it is a sly, tragicomic exploration of commerce, politics, and romance in the chaos of postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina. The daunting question: Can love and happiness exist in the same world as such atrocities? Leveritt, channeling the biting wit of Kurt Vonnegut and the passion of Denis Johnson, provides an answer with this complex and remarkable novel." -- Mike Shea, Texas Monthly