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A Hologram for the King (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 05/09/2013
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New from Dave Eggers, National Book Award finalist A Hologram for the King. In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy's gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment - and a moving story of how we got here. Praise for A Hologram for the King: 'Absorbing . . . modest and equally satisfying: the writing of a comic but deeply affecting tale about one man's travails that also provides a bright, digital snapshot of our times' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times 'A fascinating novel' New Yorker 'A spare but moving elegy for the American century' Publishers Weekly 'Eggers understands the pressures of American downward-mobility, and in the protagonist of his novel, Alan Clay, has created an Everyman, a post-modern Willy Loman . . . The novel operates on a grand and global scale, but it also is intimate' Chicago Tribune 'Completely engrossing' Fortune 'Eggers can do fiction as well as he likes' Los Angeles Times Dave Eggers is the author of six previous books: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, How We Are Hungry, You Shall Know Our Velocity, What is the What, The Wild Things and Zeitoun. Zeitoun was the winner of the American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and What is the What was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and won France's Prix Medicis. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco. A native of Chicago, he lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241145869
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A fascinating novel * New Yorker *
A spare but moving elegy for the American century * Publishers Weekly *
Completely engrossing * Fortune *
Dave Eggers is a prince among men when it comes to writing deeply felt, socially conscious books that meld reportage with fiction. [Hologram] is a strike against the current state of global economic in justice -- Elissa Schappell * Vanityfair.com *

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“A waiting game”

Alan Clay, a former hot-shot manufacturer and salesman travels to Saudi Arabia to pitch for a million dollar IT project. Alan is almost broke and this is his last attempt to turn his fortunes around.
At first hopeful,... More

Paperback edition
9th November 2013
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“Contemporary”

A modern day tale of one man's attempt to fight off the global recession's affect to his family. Although I found this interesting and well written I kept waiting for something exciting or out of the... More

Paperback edition
21st November 2013
Helpful? Upvote 32

“A comic tragedy”

I came to this book with no knowledge of the author’s previous work but after reading this I’m keen to try the rest. His main character, Alan, is a middle-aged American in the grip of a serious mid-life crisis, at a... More

Hardback edition
18th November 2013
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