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An epic and fascinating venture into wide screen baroque fantasy by an established literary author, this sprawling novel travels through the ages from decadent Vienna to present day Manhattan, passing through the horror of the death camps holocaust. One morning, Waldy Tolliver wakes up and discovers he has been removed from time and begins to write his memoir. Borrowing from the time travel tropes of pulp science fiction, but with a contemporary sensibility, we follow, almost bemused, a darkly playful plot which fizzes with imagination, featuring doomed love, Einsteinian theories, the wonders of science and history but not always as we know it and so much more. The narrative seldom allows time to catch one's breath and becomes truly epic in scale, as the origins of the Toula/Tolliver family are revealed, intricately tied in to so many major events and discoveries. Lest this provides the impression the novel is a diffiocult one, let me say it's also peppered with humour. A challenge and a fizzy delight.
The Lost Time Accidents is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century. Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar 'Waldy' Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back. In his ambitious and fiercely inventive new novel, John Wray takes us from turn-of-the-century Viennese salons buzzing with rumours about Einstein's radical new theory to the death camps of the Second World War, from the golden age of post-war pulp science fiction to a startling discovery in a modern-day Manhattan apartment packed to the ceiling with artefacts of contemporary life.
'This is literature as high-wire act without the net; epic in scale, even bigger in heart' -- Marlon James
'John Wray gets his Calvino on, his Mitchell on, his Murakami on, and even his Joyce on in this spectacular rattlebag of a novel ... Who says the novel is dead? Just smash the clocks and open this novel' -- Colum McCann
'With this darkly playful chronicle of three generations of crackpots and criminals, losers and visionaries, John Wray has written a book of eerie magic: Waldy Tolliver's love letter to the mysterious Mrs. Haven is a secret love letter to fiction itself. A mischievous epic, luminous and strange' -- Kiran Desai
'A big, enveloping story that's also tenderly wrought, The Lost Time Accidents whips through Viennese pastry shops, cluttered libraries, and the chambers of its narrator's sentimental heart' - Huffington Post
'[A] sweeping historical novel that's also a love story but is rooted in time-travel science fiction and takes on as its subject the meaning of time itself. This is no small endeavor. It's hard not to admire this book, the mass and richness of which is a testament to the meticulous, dedicated work of its talented author' - Los Angeles Times
'[A]n arresting mosaic of science fiction, history, and philosophy which proves Wray's remarkable malleability and talent' - Booklist (starred review)
Publication date: 02/06/2016
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
|Publication date:||2nd June 2016|
|Publisher:||Canongate Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
John Wray is also the author of Lowboy, Canaan's Tongue, and The Right Hand of Sleep. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, and a Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin, he was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists in 2007. A citizen of both the United States and Austria, he lives in New York City. Author photo © Ali SmithMore About John Wray