The Age of Wire and String

The Age of Wire and String

Paperback American Literature (Dalkey Archive)

By (author) Ben Marcus

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  • 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: 95,490

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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.