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Antkind

Antkind
$30.00

Roxanne says: Antkind is metafiction on top of metafiction, but unlike the D. F. Wallace’s Infinite Jest, all of the layers of Antkind are accessible.  I jumped into bed nightly for a giggle before sleep, as Charlie’s sense of humor encompasses painful truth wrapped up in a joke of our own human folly.


The bold and boundlessly original debut novel from the Oscar(R)-winning screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York.

"A terrific debut novel that makes Gravity's Rainbow read like a Dr. Seuss story . . . a masterwork of postmodern storytelling."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 

B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and underappreciated film critic (failed academic, filmmaker, paramour, shoe salesman who sleeps in a sock drawer), stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film made by an enigmatic outsider--a film he's convinced will change his career trajectory and rock the world of cinema to its core. His hands on what is possibly the greatest movie ever made--a three-month-long stop-motion masterpiece that took its reclusive auteur ninety years to complete--B. knows that it is his mission to show it to the rest of humanity. The only problem: The film is destroyed, leaving him the sole witness to its inadvertently ephemeral genius.

 

All that's left of this work of art is a single frame from which B. must somehow attempt to recall the film that just might be the last great hope of civilization. Thus begins a mind-boggling journey through the hilarious nightmarescape of a psyche as lushly Kafkaesque as it is atrophied by the relentless spew of Twitter. Desperate to impose order on an increasingly nonsensical existence, trapped in a self-imposed prison of aspirational victimhood and degeneratively inclusive language, B. scrambles to re-create the lost masterwork while attempting to keep pace with an ever-fracturing culture of "likes" and arbitrary denunciations that are simultaneously his bête noire and his raison d'être.

 

A searing indictment of the modern world, Antkind is a richly layered meditation on art, time, memory, identity, comedy, and the very nature of existence itself--the grain of truth at the heart of every joke.

ISBN: 
9780399589683
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Hardcover
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Publication Date: 
July 7, 2020
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