The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye

The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye

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A dead man is brought back to life so he can support his family in "The Happy Man"; occasionally he slips into a zombielike state while his soul is tortured in Hell. In "Vanilla Dunk," future basketball players are given the skills of old-time stars like Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. And in "Forever, Said the Duck," stored computer personalities scheme to break free of their owners. In these and other stories in this striking collection, Jonathan Lethem, author of The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, draws the reader ever more deeply into his strange, unforgettable world--a trip from which there may be no easy return.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 134.6 x 200.7 x 20.3mm | 249.48g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156032481
  • 9780156032483

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"One of the most unique and imaginative writers of his generation."--USA Today
Welcome to the many and fascinating worlds of Jonathan Lethem's striking story collection: A dead man extends his stay on Earth in order to support his family, but merely exists, zombielike, while here;basketball players wear exosuits that lend themthe skills of old-time stars like Jordan and Chamberlain;a couple invites the avatars of all their old lovers to their engagement party as a last hurrah;and every time aman takes a lover, her world begins to unwind, until she loses her place in it completely. More wonder awaits in this marvelous collection from Jonathan Lethem, one of our most inventive writers and a recognized master of unforgettable fiction.
"It is the less discernable minglings of the everyday with strange futurity that give Lethem's commonplace themes their awful power and lend his best stories an epic, lyrical power that makes them memorable."--Los Angeles Times
"One of our most inventive, stylish and sensuous writers."--Entertainment Weekly
Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including Gun, With Occasional Music and Fortress of Solitude. He is the recipient of many awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Salon Book Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Brooklyn and Maine.

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PRAISE FOR JONATHAN LETHEM "One of the most fertile imaginations among America s young writers." SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE "An author to be reckoned with." NEWSWEEK"
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1,281 ratings
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4 40% (512)
3 35% (443)
2 7% (86)
1 1% (13)
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