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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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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I am Radar by Reif Larsen

This is a kaleidoscopic, epic novel about a lovestruck radio operator who discovers a secret society...In 1975, a black child is mysteriously born to white parents. His name is Radar Radmanovic. Radar grows up in suburban New Jersey, but his story rapidly becomes entangled with terrible events in Yugoslavia, Norway, Cambodia, the Congo, and beyond. Falling in with a secretive group of puppeteers and scientists who stage experimental performances in war zones around the world, he is soon forced to confront the true nature of his identity.

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'Inventive and surreal' Financial Times

'I Am Radar is as easy to enjoy for its swaggering tragicomic spirit as it is to admire for its celestial ambition' New York Times Book Review

'Big, beautiful, ambitious... His prose is addictive and enchanting' Los Angeles Times

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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24th March 2016


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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


672 pages


Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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