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Shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards – Waterstone’s UK Author of the Year
“Gorgeous and fearsome. . . . Fascinating, uncanny, sometimes hilarious, pageantry.” —The Globe and Mail
“Captivating [and] . . . deftly developed. . . . Absolutely extraordinary. . . . It leaves us reeling . . and armed with better questions than we came in with.” —National Post
"A narrative of energy, invention and intelligence… A novel for our times: refreshingly different, intellectually acute and strikingly enjoyable."
"The delights of C
arise from its imaginative energy and bursts of mesmerising lyrical prose."
"Unquestionably brilliant… a genuinely exciting and spookily beautiful book, a new kind of joy."
—Neel Mukherjee, The Times
is clever, confident, coy - and cryptic."
—The Wall Street Journal
"Tom McCarthy has written an avant-garde masterpiece - a sprawling cryptogram - in the guise of an epic, coming-of-age period piece."
—Los Angeles Times
"Tour de force… an intellectually provocative novel that unfurls like a brooding, phosphorescent dream."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Unclassifiably brilliant… Each chapter of McCarthy's tour de force is a cryptic, ornate puzzle box."
"McCarthy is one of the most intelligent and talented novelists of our generation."
"A modern novel with contemporary, even fashionable, concerns. Blessedly, though, it is also a traditional novel in that it does not disdain the necessity to engage the reader."
"McCarthy is a talented and intelligent novelist… The near-Joycean scale and density of all this is truly impressive, as is McCarthy's ability to fold it into a cleanly constructed narrative."
About the Author
TOM McCARTHY was born in 1969 and lives in London. He is known in the art world for the reports, manifestos and media interventions he has made as general secretary of the International Necronautical Society (INS), a semi-fictitious avant-garde network. His first novel was Remainder
and, in 2006, he published Tintin and the Secret of Literature