Satin Island (Hardback)
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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 12/03/2015
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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015

Meet U. - a talented and uneasy figure currently pimping his skills to an elite consultancy in contemporary London. His employers advise everyone from big businesses to governments, and, to this end, expect their 'corporate anthropologist' to help decode and manipulate the world around them - all the more so now that a giant, epoch-defining project is in the offing. Instead, U. spends his days procrastinating, meandering through endless buffer-zones of information and becoming obsessed by the images with which the world bombards him on a daily basis: oil spills, African traffic jams, roller-blade processions, zombie parades. Is there, U. wonders, a secret logic holding all these images together - a codex that, once cracked, will unlock the master-meaning of our age? Might it have something to do with South Pacific Cargo Cults, or the dead parachutists in the news? Perhaps; perhaps not. As U. oscillates between the visionary and the vague, brilliance and bullshit, Satin Island emerges, an impassioned and exquisite novel for our disjointed times.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780224090193
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 398 g
Dimensions: 207 x 161 x 24 mm


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"Smart, shimmering and thought-provoking...McCarthy isn't a frustrated cultural theorist who must content himself with writing novels; he's a born novelist, a pretty fantastic one, who has figured out a way to make cultural theory funny, scary and suspenseful - in other words, compulsively readable." New York Times "Should you read the new Tom McCarthy book? (A: Yes. Always yes.)" Huffington Post "Dazzling and elusive... a magisterial ethnographic portrait of our overstimulated, interconnected, simulacra-addicted times." Atlantic "The kind of strange and ambitious fiction that you feared might have died with J. G. Ballard. ...Provokes and beguiles and, at the point of revelation, it withholds. On finishing it you will have the powerful urge to throw it across the room, then the powerful urge to pick it up to read again. And that's what's so brilliant." -- Duncan White, 5 stars Daily Telegraph "Confusing, clever and about to be massive." Stylist

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“Erudite novel about anthropology”


This intellectual novel is all about interesting ideas and contains writing which is rich in vocabulary.
The narrator is an anthropologist working for a corporation, explaining the workings of the corporation and of... More

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“Present-Tense Anthropology™”

This is the book of our times, a perfect mirror of our tiny, confused minds, overwhelmed by tsunamis of information and mountains of stuff. Everything has been thought of, everything has been commented on, how the... More

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3 similar books recommended
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“A paranoid, mind-bending novel of the future”

McCarthy's previous novels Remainder and C were some of the most bizarre, pointedly written and insightful novels of the last 15 years. Satin Island is no different.
U. is an anthropologist tasked with the job... More

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