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Traumatised by an accident which involves something falling from the sky and leaves him eight and a half million pounds rich but hopelessly estranged from the world around him, Remainder's hero spends his time and money obsessively reconstructing and re-enacting vaguely remembered scenes and situations from his past: a large building with piano music in the distance, the familiar smells and sounds of liver frying and spluttering, lethargic cats lounging on roofs until they tumble off them...But when this fails to quench his thirst for authenticity, he starts reconstructing more and more violent events, as his repetition addiction spirals out of control.
'one of the great English novels of the past ten years'
'a refreshingly idiosyncratic, enjoyably intelligent read.'
'Remainder is an intelligent and absurd satire on consumer culture.'
'McCarthy's prose is precise and unpretentious. His anti-hero is a sympathetic Everyman, and it is difficult to resist the dominion of his obsession... its minatory brilliance calls for classic status.'
'...strangely gripping... Remainder should be read (and, of course, reread) for its intelligence and humour.'
'The storyline mesmerizes in its imaginative brilliance... the novel explores complex philosophical ideas about beingA in a simple and direct way..'
The Sunday Telegraph
'Enthralling, dotted with dark humour and undoubted originality... it really sticks around in the mind, nagging at one afterwards, and the most complimentary thing that can be said about this novel of repeating scenes is that it really does deserve to be read a second time.'
The Irish Times
'This isn't how we expect a novel to be, but it's why it's a very good novel indeed. It trains you out of a certain way of thinking.'
London Review of Books
Publication date: 07/03/2011
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
|Publication date:||7th March 2011|
|Publisher:||Alma Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Tom McCarthy was born in 1969 and grew up in London. His creation, in 1999, of the International Necronautical Society (INS), a 'semi-fictitious organisation' that combines literature, art and philosophy, has led to publications, installations and exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, from Tate Britain and the ICA in London to Moderna Museet in Stockholm and The Drawing Center in New York. Tom regularly writes on literature and art for publications including The New York Times, The London Review of Books and Artforum. Below is a Q&A with this author. 1) What led you into writing? ...More About Tom McCarthy