The Facades

The Facades

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One night at Trude's opera house, the theater's most celebrated mezzo-soprano vanishes during rehearsal. When police come up empty-handed, the star's husband, a disconsolate legal clerk named Sven Norberg, must take up the quest on his own. But to discover the secret of his wife's disappearance, Norberg must descend into Trude's underworld and confront the menacing and bizarre citizens of his hometown: rebellious librarians, shifty music critics, a cop called the Oracle, and the minister of an apocalyptic church who has recruited Norberg's teenage son. Faced with the loss of everything he loves, Norberg follows his investigation to the heart of the city and through the buildings of a possibly insane modernist architect called Bernhard, whose elaborate vision will offer him an astonishing revelation. Written with boundless intelligence and razor-sharp wit, THE FACADES is a comic andexistential mystery that unfolds at the urgent pace of a thriller.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 146 x 216 x 25mm | 340g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1468306871
  • 9781468306873
  • 1,884,791

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"There are few things in life I enjoy as much as reading the work of someone with a powerful and unique imagination. Eric Lundgren has written exactly the kind of book I hope to stumble on, to be seized by, to be astonished by, to marvel at. I can't wait for his next, so I suspect I will re-read "The Facades" while I'm waiting."--Arthur Phillips, author of "The Tragedy of Arthur" and "Prague"

""The Facades" will suck you in, and keep you reading. Eric Lundgren is a funny and perceptive and touching writer, and Sven Norberg's quest, through his crumbling and Lynchian Midwestern city, to learn about his disappeared wife is a journey you will be thrilled to have taken." --Charles Bock, author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Beautiful Children"

""The Facades" is a bewitching labyrinth of a book. Reminiscent of Nabokov at his most playful and Borges at his most stimulating, Lundgren has written a novel that is as entertaining as it is full of indispensable insight."--Seth Fried, author of "The Great Frustration"
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About Eric Lundgren

Eric Lundgren grew up in Minneapolis. He studied at Lewis & Clark College and earned his MFA at Washington University, where he was awarded a third-year fellowship. The Facades is his first novel. He works at a public library in St. Louis, where he lives with his wife, Eleanor, and their two cats.
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578 ratings
3.08 out of 5 stars
5 8% (46)
4 26% (148)
3 38% (221)
2 23% (131)
1 6% (32)
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