- Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
- Format: Paperback | 160 pages
- Dimensions: 145mm x 213mm x 13mm | 204g
- Publication date: 1 March 2005
- Publication City/Country: Normal, IL
- ISBN 10: 1564781968
- ISBN 13: 9781564781963
- Edition statement: Dalkey Archive.
- Sales rank: 81,398
In The Age of Wire and String, hailed by Robert Coover as "the most audacious literary debut in decades," Ben Marcus welds together a new reality from the scrapheap of the past. Dogs, birds, horses, automobiles, and the weather are some of the recycled elements in Marcus's first collection--part fiction, part handbook--as familiar objects take on markedly unfamiliar meanings. Gradually, this makeshift world, in its defiance of the laws of physics and language, finds a foundation in its own implausibility, as Marcus produces new feelings and sensations--both comic and disturbing--in the definitive guide to an unpredictable yet exhilarating plane of existence.
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"A rare, genius-struck achievement... filled with great beauties, high themes, enormous sorrows."- Kirkus Reviews
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Here is an indispensable tool for anyone seeking an authoritative, up-to-the-minute understanding of the phenomena of everyday life and willing to accept that anything utterable can also be true. An astounding debut, The Age of Wire and String is a feat of fierce innovation and humor.