A Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the King


By (author) Dave Eggers

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  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 224mm x 30mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 5 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: San Francisco
  • ISBN 10: 193636574X
  • ISBN 13: 9781936365746
  • Sales rank: 45,644

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* In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college fees and finally do something great.

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Author information

Dave Eggers is the bestselling author of seven books including "A Hologram for the King," a finalist for the National Book Award; "Zeitoun," winner of the American Book Award and Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and "What Is the What," which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won France's Prix Medici. In 2002, with Ninive Calegari he cofounded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco. Local communities around the country have since opened sister 826 centers. Eggers lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.

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A National Book Award Finalist, A Northern California Book Award Finalist One of the "New York Times Book Review"'s "Top Ten Books of 2012" "Mr. Eggers uses a new, pared down, Hemingwayesque voice to recount his story... he demonstrates in "Hologram" that he is master of this more old-fashioned approach as much as he was a pioneering innovator with "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius."...[This] sad-funny-dreamlike story unfolds to become an allegory about the frustrations of middle-class America, about the woes unemployed workers and sidelined entrepreneurs have experienced in a newly globalized world in which jobs are being outsourced abroad.... A comic but deeply affecting tale about one man's travails that also provides a bright, digital snapshot of our times."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "A spare but moving elegy for the American century."--"Publishers Weekly" "Eggers can do fiction as well as he likes."--Carolyn Kellogg, "The Los Angeles Times" "A potent, well-drawn portrait of one man's discovery of where his personal and professional selves split and connect."--"Kirkus Reviews" "An extraordinary work of timely and provocative themes...This novel reminds us that above all, Eggers is a writer of books, and a writer of the highest order....An outstanding achievement in Eggers's already impressive career, and an essential read."--Carmela Ciuraru, "The San Francisco Chronicle" "Eggers understands the pressures of American downward-mobility, and in the protagonist of his novel, Alan Clay, has created an Everyman, a post-modern Willy Loman....The novel operates on a grand and global scale, but it also is intimate."--Elizabeth Taylor, "The Chicago Tribune" "Fascinating...Although Godot may be "Hologram"'s philosophical source, Eggers is no Beckettian minimalist. The novel is paradoxically suspenseful, but it's also rich in character and in Eggers's evocative writing about place..."A Hologr