The Verificationist

The Verificationist

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Twenty psychoanalysts and a narrator meet for dinner in a pancake house. The narrator, Tom, finds himself locked in a bear hug by Bernhardt, the father figure of the group. The effects are disastrous as he is forced into an out-of-body experience and watches as his friendships and marriage unravel.

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 127 x 197 x 13mm | 159g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 074755286X
  • 9780747552864
  • 313,568

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A highly original and absolutely off-the-wall novel by a writer heralded as one of '20 writers for the 21st century' by The New Yorker. Twenty psychoanalysts, riven with the usual neuroses and factional infighting, meet for dinner at a pancake house. The narrator of the novel, Tom, the flakiest member of the faculty by far, is frozen by the decision whether to have pancakes or eggs. His psyche cracks and an on-the-spot nervous breakdown ensues. Immobilized by a colleague's bear-hug he astrally projects above everyone's heads following the chaotic process of his highly-trained psychotic mind. Hysterically funny and inventive, it is the sound of psychiatry eating itself. (Kirkus UK)

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"Totally exhilarating.... [Antrim] gives everything a delicious new spin.??"Newsday

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