Traumatised by an accident that involves something falling from the sky and leaves him eight and a half million pounds richer, our hero spends his time and money obsessively reconstructing and re-enacting memories and situations from his past: a large building with piano music in the distance, the familiar smells and sounds of liver frying and spluttering, lethargic cats lounging on roofs until they tumble off them...But, when this fails to quench his thirst for authenticity, he starts reconstructing more and more violent events, including hold-ups and shoot-outs.
- Hardback | 290 pages
- 03 Jul 2006
- Alma Books Ltd
- Surrey, United Kingdom
'McCarthy's prose is precise and unpretentious. His anti-hero is a sympathetic Everyman, and it is difficult to resist the dominion of his obsession... its minatory brilliance calls for classic status.' The Independent '...strangely gripping... Remainder should be read (and, of course, reread) for its intelligence and humour.' TLS 'This isn't how we expect a novel to be, but it's why it's a very good novel indeed. It trains you out of a certain way of thinking.' London Review of Books '...a seamless work of fiction infused with dark humour and echoes of Heidegger, Camus and Burroughs.' Dazed and Confused 'Remainder, with seamless prose, endlessly probes the surface of the 'event', its infinite elements, angles, perspectives, how it comes about, how it can be brought about again, then lived and relived in Ballardian orbits and Beckettian vibrations... It will remain with you long after you have felt compelled to re-read it.' Time Out 'A masterpiece waiting to happen - again and again and again.' 3:AM Magazine
About Tom McCarthy
Tom McCarthy was born in 1969 and lives in London. He is known for the reports, manifestos and media interventions he has made as General Secretary of the International Necronautical Society (INS), a semifictitious avant-garde network. His nonfiction book Tintin and the Secret of Literature will be published by Granta Books in 2006. Remainder is his first novel and will be published by Vintage in the States.