Rosei’s distinctive style is to allow the narrator’s voice to seem unphased by his characters’ antics and fate. Often described as documentary-like, his writing is informed by a narrator who, more than anything else, observes.
Dosh! tells the story of three men during the 1980s. Andy Sykora comes from a family of working-class socialists, but personifies the new greed to a fault. Hans Falenbruck, manager of a Caribbean hotel resort, was meant to take over the family business but chose instead to escape his father’s outdated ethics and sense of social responsibility. Tom Loschek is quick-witted and ambitious, using his social skills to turn his unhappy start in life (having grown up in a children’s home) to his advantage. Devoid of any sentimentalism, Loschek has learned how to use people to further his career as a banker. All three show the alarmingly shallow lives of those who helped lay the foundations of the current economic crisis.
Dosh! is a story about the losses of a generation fixed on winning. Highly relevant in the current financial crisis, Rosei will reach a new audience with this highly topical and trenchant critique of the global economic system.