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I am Radar by Reif Larsen

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One of those incredible once-in-a-lifetime books that is almost impossible to describe. It is about family history, physics, art, politics, performance, sacrifice, identity and so much more. It is essentially about life, the heightened life as mirror of art as mirror of life. The story moves between people, generations and places, from 1970’s New Jersey to nineteenth century colonial Cambodia, to the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s to the present day with all its technologies and confusions. It cannot be properly compared or described; it is too big. The scope of humanity, the limits of what is possible, of what we will do for love or truth or duty, of what it is to live. It is amazing. Do not be put off by its size. There are so many wonderful stories in here you won’t get bored and working out how it all connects, how the patterns of life connect, is part of the fun.

If you like Reif Larsen you might also like to read books by David Mitchell, Nick Harkaway and Sabina Berman.

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I am Radar by Reif Larsen

In 1975, a black child is mysteriously born to white parents. His name is Radar Radmanovic. Falling in with a secretive group of puppeteers and scientists, he is soon forced to confront the true nature of his identity. Though Radar is raised in suburban New Jersey, his story rapidly becomes entangled with events stretching from Belgrade in a time of siege to arctic Norway, from Cambodia in the years before the murderous Khmer Rouge regime to the modern-day Congo. It explores the furthest reaches of quantum physics, forgotten history, puppetry and human experience. It's also about one man, one family and how far you may need to travel to know yourself. I Am Radar is a story greater than all of its remarkable parts, a breath-taking, highly addictive joyride through the worst humanity has to offer only to arrive at a place of wonder.

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'Gripping ... masterly ... Larsen is an effortless magician, and his performance here is a pure delight' Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Reif Larsen is twenty-eight, studied at Brown University and has taught at Columbia University, where he is finishing his MFA in fiction. He is also a filmmaker and has made documentaries in the US, UK and sub-Saharan Africa. He lives in Brooklyn.

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30th November 1999


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