The Walmart Book of the Dead

The Walmart Book of the Dead

4.21 (65 ratings by Goodreads)
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Description

As for who reads this book

And who follows its spells

I know your name

You will not die after your death

In Walmart

You will not perish forever

For I know your name

So begins this darkly comic incantation on the gods and scourges of the 21st century. The Walmart Book of the Dead was inspired by the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, funerary texts with accompanying illustrations containing spells to preserve the spirit of the deceased in the afterlife. In Lucy Biederman's version, shoplifters, grifters, drifters, and hustlers, desirous children, greeters, would-be Marxists, wolves, and circuit court judges wander Walmart unknowingly consigned to their afterlives.

"This BOOK is for the dark hours, the seam that ties the end of the evening to sunrise, when the bad, wrong things people do in and around Walmart are a hospital infection, red Rit dye in a load of whites, a gun in a classroom: by the time the problem is identified, it's already ruined everything."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 111 x 178 x 4mm | 59g
  • English
  • 1925417573
  • 9781925417579
  • 830,341

Review quote

"A vastly imagined Wonderbook--fearsome, hilarious, familiar and arcane--in which a brilliantly savaged Walmart, both a temple and a tomb, spawns an epidemic of pharonic proportions, exhausting nothing less than everything. An extraordinary experience." Rikki Ducornet, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, author of Brightfellow and The Deep Zoo



"In a series of librettos for the end times, a compilation of nearly operatic extent, Lucy Biederman's stage in The Walmart Book of the Dead is the size of the world's biggest box-store wherein miles of product attempt to dwarf the lonely figures who journey through its forsaken aisles like refugees from a Denis Johnson fever dream singing their apologetics and choking confusions, insincerities and blunt wonderments, songs of tedium, choking confessions, proprieties of the herd, and much more, arias rising to honor the supremely banal pathos of contemporary post-existence, each song haunting, brief, yet interwoven into a collective performance of current afterlife, funereal yet bright beyond vision. An homage to capitalism." Skip Fox, author of wired to zone and Sheer Indefinite
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Rating details

65 ratings
4.21 out of 5 stars
5 42% (27)
4 43% (28)
3 11% (7)
2 5% (3)
1 0% (0)
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