The Age of Wire and String

The Age of Wire and String

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 144.78 x 213.36 x 12.7mm | 204.12g
  • Dalkey Archive Press
  • Normal, IL, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Dalkey Archive.
  • 1564781968
  • 9781564781963
  • 85,232

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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.

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