Zed (Hardback)Joanna Kavenna (author)
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A blistering deconstruction of the artifice and anonymity of cyberspace and the moguls who control what we think and feel, Zed is both hilariously funny and deeply disturbing. Kavenna’s whip-smart prose takes no prisoners, engendering, like all the best satire, queasy recognition alongside the belly laughs.
Self-anointed guru of the Digital Age, Guy Matthias, CEO of Beetle, has become one of the world's most powerful and influential figures. Untaxed and ungoverned, his trans-Atlantic company essentially operates beyond the control of Governments or the law. But trouble is never far away, and for Guy a perfect storm is brewing: his wife wants to leave him, fed up with his serial infidelities; malfunctioning Beetle software has led to some unfortunate deaths which are proving hard to cover up; his longed for deal with China is proving troublingly elusive and, among other things, the mystery hacker, Gogol, is on his trail.
With the clock ticking- Guy, his aide Douglas Varley, Britain's flailing female PM, conflicted national security agent Eloise Jayne, depressed journalist David Strachey, and Gogol, whoever that may be - the question is becoming ever more pressing, how do you live in reality when nobody knows anything, and all knowledge, all certainty, is partly or entirely fake?
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 634 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 26 mm
'Kavenna's writing brims with manic energy, using relentless logic to show just how bizarre an algorithm can be.'' - The Financial Times
'Zed is a novel that takes our strange, hall-of-mirrors times very seriously indeed. It is a work of delirious genius.' - The Guardian
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