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Antkind

| Random House Inc | 7/7/2020

ISBN-10 : F072631073   ISBN-13 : 9780399589683   List Price : $30.00

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The bold and boundlessly original debut novel from the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York.

&;A terrific debut novel that makes Gravity&;s Rainbow read like a Dr. Seuss story . . . a masterwork of postmodern storytelling.&;&;Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and underappreciated film critic (failed academic, filmmaker, paramour, shoe salesman who sleeps in a sock drawer), stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film made by an enigmatic outsider&;a film he&;s convinced will change his career trajectory and rock the world of cinema to its core. His hands on what is possibly the greatest movie ever made&;a three-month-long stop-motion masterpiece that took its reclusive auteur ninety years to complete&;B. knows that it is his mission to show it to the rest of humanity. The only problem: The film is destroyed, leaving him the sole witness to its inadvertently ephemeral genius.

All that&;s left of this work of art is a single frame from which B. must somehow attempt to recall the film that just might be the last great hope of civilization. Thus begins a mind-boggling journey through the hilarious nightmarescape of a psyche as lushly Kafkaesque as it is atrophied by the relentless spew of Twitter. Desperate to impose order on an increasingly nonsensical existence, trapped in a self-imposed prison of aspirational victimhood and degeneratively inclusive language, B. scrambles to re-create the lost masterwork while attempting to keep pace with an ever-fracturing culture of &;likes&; and arbitrary denunciations that are simultaneously his bête noire and his raison d&;être.

A searing indictment of the modern world, Antkind is a richly layered meditation on art, time, memory, identity, comedy, and the very nature of existence itself&;the grain of truth at the heart of every joke.

"B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and underappreciated film critic (failed academic, filmmaker, paramour, shoe salesman who sleeps in a sock drawer), stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film by an enigmatic outsider--a film he's convinced will change his career trajectory and rock the world of cinema to its core. His hands on what is possibly the greatest movie ever made, a three-month-long stop-motion masterpiece that took its reclusive auteur ninety years to complete, B. knows that it is his mission to show it to the rest of humanity. The only problem: The film is destroyed, leaving him the sole witness to its inadvertently ephemeral genius. All that's left of this work of art is a single frame from which B. must somehow attempt to recall the film that just might be the last great hope of civilization. Thus begins a mind-boggling journey through the hilarious nightmarescape of a psyche as lushly Kafkaesque as it is atrophied by the relentless spew of Twitter. Desperate to impose order on an increasingly nonsensical existence, trapped in a self-imposed prison of aspirational victimhood and degeneratively inclusive language, B. scrambles to re-create the lost masterwork while attempting to keep pace with an ever-fracturing culture of "likes" and arbitrary denunciations that are simultaneously his bAªte noire and his raison d'Aªtre. A searing indictment of the modern world, Antkind is a richly layered meditation on art, time, memory, identity, comedy, and the very nature of existence itself--the grain of truth at the heart of every joke"--

A neurotic and underappreciated film critic becomes sole witness to a film he?s convinced will change his career trajectory and rock the world of cinema to its core. By the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Adaptation.

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 0399589686
  • ISBN-13: 9780399589683
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 752
  • Dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 752.01 (d)
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