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    DescriptionIn "The Flame Alphabet," the most maniacally gifted writer of our generation delivers a novel about how far we will go in order to protect our loved ones. The sound of children's speech has become lethal. In the park, adults wither beneath the powerful screams of their offspring. For young parents Sam and Claire, it seems their only means of survival is to flee from their daughter, Esther. But they find it isn't so easy to leave someone you love, even as they waste away from her malevolent speech. On the eve of their departure, Claire mysteriously disappears, and Sam, determined to find a cure for this new toxic language, presses on alone into a foreign world to try to save his family.


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    Title
    The Flame Alphabet
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ben Marcus
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 289
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307739971
    ISBN 10: 030773997X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC classification: PS
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGM1010
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Libri: AMER3710
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    B&T Approval Code: P26100000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    13 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    BEN MARCUS is the author of three books of fiction: "Notable American Women," "The Father Costume," and "The Age of Wire and String, " and he is the editor of "The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories." His stories have appeared in "Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, ""The Paris Review, ""McSweeney's, ""Tin House, "and "Conjunctions. "He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and awards from the Creative Capital Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York City and Maine. www.benmarcus.com
    Review quote
    "Marcus is a writer of prodigious talent . . . Formally inventive, dark and dryly comic . . . ["The Flame Alphabet"] reads like a dream." --J. Robert Lennon, "The New York Times Book Review" " " "To people who just want to read a good yarn and who think Ben Marcus is too weird for them, I'd say: Think again . . . The novel can operate on multiple registers: as metaphor, sociology, conventional thriller, and, at bottom, discourse on parenthood and family that is freakishly sad and incredibly good." --Fiona Maazel, "Book Forum " "There's something profound about Marcus's exploration of the power of language and the life-affirming nature of human breathing. He turns both these normally positive ideas on their heads, but that only makes the sound of a loved-one's voice, the feel of a child's breath against the skin, seem that much more precious." --Tyrone Beason, "The Seattle Times" " " "In the guise of a horror novel (albeit one written by a supremely intelligent literary novelist), Marcus has delivered a subtle meditation on the necessity as well as the drawbacks of human communication . . . in searing, sometimes hallucinatory prose." --Doug Childers, "Richmond Times-Dispatch" "An apocalyptic nightmare. Its vision is eerie, droll and heartbreaking, both lavishly written and haunting to behold. Language may be killing off the characters that Marcus invented, but his use of language could hardly be more vibrant." --Joan Silverman, "Portland Press Herald" "Incandescent . . . [The] apocalyptical plot serves as a vehicle for Marcus' blazing metaphysical insights inquiry into expression, meaning, self, love, and civilization." --Donna Seaman, "Booklist" (starred review) "Language kills in Marcus's audacious new work of fiction, a richly allusive look at a world transformed by a new form of illness . . . Biblical in its Old Testament sense of wrath, Marcus's novel twists America's quotidian existence into someth