Satin Island

Nominiert: Man Booker Prize 2015, Nominiert: The Goldsmiths Prize 2015

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U. is a 'corporate anthropologist' who, while working on a giant, epoch-defining project no one really understands, is also tasked with writing the Great Report on our society. But instead, U. spends his days procrastinating, meandering through endless buffer-zones of information and becoming obsessed by the images with which the world bombards him on a daily basis: oil spills, African traffic jams, roller-blade processions.

Is there a secret logic holding all these images together? Once cracked, will it unlock the master-meaning of our era? Might it have something to do with the dead parachutists in the news? Perhaps; perhaps not.
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"Smart, shimmering and thought-provoking...McCarthy isn't a frustrated cultural theorist who must content himself with writing novels; he's a born novelist, a pretty fantastic one, who has figured out a way to make cultural theory funny, scary and suspenseful - in other words, compulsively readable." New York Times
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Tom McCarthy, geboren 1969, lebt als Künstler, Schriftsteller und Literaturkritiker in London. Er ist Generalsekretär der International Necronautical Society und hat zahlreiche Erzählungen und Essays veröffentlicht.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 240
Erscheinungsdatum 10.03.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-09-954699-3
Verlag Random House UK
Maße (L/B/H) 19,5/12,6/2 cm
Gewicht 172 g
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U., the narrator of Tom McCarthy’s novel, works for a consultancy company based in London. He is actually an ethnographer so his job is to find patterns in human behaviour which then will be used for projects. One of them has just been won when U. is stuck at... U., the narrator of Tom McCarthy’s novel, works for a consultancy company based in London. He is actually an ethnographer so his job is to find patterns in human behaviour which then will be used for projects. One of them has just been won when U. is stuck at Torino airport waiting to fly back to England. The news catch his attention: another oil spill somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, another parachutist crashed due to possible foul play. His thoughts follow traces, spring to something completely different, come back and turn in circles without real aim. Well, actually, there is one aim assigned by his boss: to write THE book. Whatever that means. This novel is really stunning. On the one hand, we have got no plot at all. Nothing really happens to U. He works for this blurry company without knowing what he is doing. He’s got a girlfriend whom he meets from time to time and another good friend who is seriously ill. And this ominous Koob-Sassen project which is never elaborated. That’s just it. On the other hand, his thoughts meanders between the classic ethnographic literature, Lévi-Strauss and the like, narrating their work and findings and a very sharp observation of his surroundings. Put like this, the novel seems to be a big bore which is not the case at all. Interestingly, it is very difficult to say why you keep on reading, finding it stimulating and following U.’s thoughts albeit the obvious lack of action or red thread. Even though you might find neither oil spills not parachutists especially exciting, what the author makes of it becomes fascinating to read. Having finished, this novel leaves you behind confused, fascinated and mesmerized. Although you do not know why or how this happened.


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