A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Paperback)
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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Paperback)

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Paperback 496 Pages / Published: 21/09/2007
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The book that reinvented confessional memoir writing, Eggers’s boldly titled volume relates how he became both brother and parent to his younger sibling Toph after their mother and father both died of cancer when the author was in his early twenties. Mixing freewheeling, frequently hilarious prose with piercing insight and moving testimony, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius comes close to being just that.      

'Heartbreaking? Certainly. Staggering? Yes, I'd say so. And if genius is capturing the universal in a fresh and memorable way, call it that too' Anthony Quinn, Sunday Times

'Is this how all orphans would speak - "I am at once pitiful and monstrous, I know" - if they had Dave Eggers's prodigious linguistic gifts? For he does write wonderfully, and this is an extremely impressive debut' John Banville, Irish Times

'A virtuosic piece of writing, a big, daring, manic-depressive stew of a book that noisily announces the debut of a talented - yes, staggeringly talented - new writer' - Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

'Exhilarating . . . Profoundly moving, occasionally angry and often hilarious . . . A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is, finally, a finite book of jest, which is why it succeeds so brilliantly' - New York Times Book Review

'What is really shocking and exciting is the book's sheer rage. AHWOSG is truly ferocious, like any work of genius. Eggers - self-reliant, transcendent, expansive - is Emerson's ideal Young American. [The book] does itself justice: it is a settling of accounts. And it is almost too good to be believed' - London Review of Books

'A hilarious book . . . In it, literary gamesmanship and self-consciousness are trained on life's most unendurable experience, used to examine a memory too scorching to stare at, as one views an eclipse by projecting sunlight onto paper through a pinhole' - Time

'Eggers evokes the terrible beauty of youth like a young Bob Dylan, frothing with furious anger . . . He takes us close, shows us as much as he can bear . . . His book is a comic and moving witness that transcends and transgresses formal boundaries' - Washington Post

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330456715
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 334 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 35 mm

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“Lives up to its title”

The perfect book, AHWOSG has it all. I laughed aloud through sections, only to be brought short by some of the most tragic moments I've read in non-fiction or even fiction. Eggers has an incredible gift for... More

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