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Playing the Game
Illustrated by Charlie Adlard

Year First Published: 1995
First Published by:HarperCollins
This Edition:British first edition
softcover original

From the book cover:

I am Spacer Joe Magnifico Simpatico

The irresistible power of a young man's faith in himself brings the sublime Francesca Bird to his aid. Together they play the game, hoping to rise far, far above the squalor where Joe began... Hoping for the whole squalid world to rise. Instead, at the throw of the dice...

Doris Lessing's compelling fantasy of a raw, urban hell, revealed by the dazzling and sinister illustrations, is a revolutionary even in the world of graphic novels. The powerful vision of Britains most highly acclaimed novelist is brought vividly to life. Playing the Game is a unique visual experience - and a profoundly moving story of love in a soulless world.