The Age of Wire and String by Ben MarcusIn The Age of Wire and String, hailed by Robert Coover as the most audacious literary debut in decades, Ben Marcus welds together a new reality from the scrapheap of the past. Dogs, birds, horses, automobiles, and the weather are some of the recycled elements in Marcuss first collection—part fiction, part handbook—as familiar objects take on markedly unfamiliar meanings. Gradually, this makeshift world, in its defiance of the laws of physics and language, finds a foundation in its own implausibility, as Marcus produces new feelings and sensations—both comic and disturbing—in the definitive guide to an unpredictable yet exhilarating plane of existence.
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The book is composed of 8 sections, divided into 41 parts, which combine technical language with lyrical imagery to form a sort of Postmodern catalog by turns surreal, fantastic, and self-referential. This book is a catalog of the life project as prosecuted in the Age of Wire and String and beyond, into the arrangements of states, site, and cities and, further, within the small houses that have been granted erection or temporary placement on the perimeters of districts and river colonies. The settlement, in clusters and dispersed, has long required a document of secret motion and instruction—a collection of studies that might serve to clarify the terms obscured within every facet of the living program. The rest of the book is divided into eight sections—Sleep, God, Food, The House, Animal, Weather, Persons, and The Society—each including five or six short fictions and ending with a glossary of terms. These terms are either invented e.
The Age of Wire and String is Ben Marcus's first book, published in The book is composed of 8 sections, divided into 41 parts, which combine technical.
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Alfred A. Knopf, Dalkey Archive Press, Gradually, this makeshift world, in its defiance of the laws of physics and language, finds a foundation in its own implausibility, as Marcus produces new feelings and sensations — both comic and disturbing — in the definitive guide to an unpredictable yet exhilarating plane of existence. Ben Marcus is a one-of-a-kind stand-up phenom, a comic writer of power and originality. The Age of Wire and String marks the arrival of a unique new talent in American letters. The Age of Wire and String, a treasury of interconnected fables of violence and hope, stands out as an exhilarating work of literature.