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The Blot

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This is a New York Times top 100 Notable Book of the Year. Alexander Bruno is a man with expensive problems. Sporting a tuxedo and trotting the globe, he has spent his adult life as a professional gambler. His particular line of work: backgammon, at which he extracts large sums of money from men who think they can challenge his peerless acumen. In Singapore, his luck turned. Maybe it had something to do with the Blot - a black spot which has emerged to distort Bruno's vision. It's not showing any signs of going away. In fact, it's spreading, and as Bruno extends his losing streak in Berlin, it becomes clinically clear that the Blot is the symptom of something terrible. There's a surgeon who can help, an elite specialist, the only one in the world. But surgery is going to involve a lot of money, and worse: returning home. To the land of 'bullying, psychosis and bad taste' otherwise known as contemporary America. Specifically: the garish, hash-smoke streets of Berkeley, California. Here, the unseemly Keith Stolarsky - a childhood friend in possession of an empire of themed burger bars and thrift stores - is king. And he's willing to help Bruno out. But there was always going to be a price.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 29mm | 544g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 022410148X
  • 9780224101486
  • 898,524

About Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is the New York Times-bestselling author of nine novels, including Dissident Gardens, The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn. A recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Lethem has also published his stories and essays in the New Yorker, Harper's, Rolling Stone, Esquire and the New York Times, among others.show more

Review quote

"A return to form, absurd and digressive in a way that makes clear Lethem's debt to Thomas Pynchon." -- Alex Preston Observer, 2017 Books of the Year "Lethem can turn a sentence like few others." -- Daniel Swift The Spectator "The Blot does not disappoint. It sets a high bar for 2017's fiction... There are moments of genuine, inexplicable tenderness as well as the sarcasm, venality and schadenfreude that swirl around the book... It also shows... that the genre best equipped to speak truthfully about the world we are in is not a flat-footed and sententious realism, but un-realism." -- Stuart Kelly Scotland on Sunday "There are probably a dozen novelists whose new books, every one, I'm predisposed to read. Jonathan Lethem is one of them. I like his fundamental literary ratios - plot-to-pensees, comedy-to-tragedy - and the prose is a pleasure, lucid sentences that swerve and surprise without being show-offy" -- Kurt Andersen New York Times Book Review "Jonathan Lethem's new novel combines a little of the intrigue of James Bond with all the sexiness of backgammon. The result is a literary game that's shaken not stirred." -- Ron Charles Washington Postshow more

Review Text

"This novel is a tragicomedy; it plays at its best like a “Twilight Zone” episode filmed by the Coen brothers … Lethem has intense gifts; nothing he writes is a waste of time."show more