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Taipei by Tao Lin
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Jun 04, 2013 | ISBN 9780307950178

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
 
[A] modernist masterpiece. . . . True, his characters are young people living in Brooklyn.  And he writes about the Internet. But we should stop calling Tao Lin the voice of his generation. Taipei, his new novel, has less to do with his generation than with the literary tradition of Knut Hamsun, Ernest Hemingway, and Robert Musil.”—Benjamin Lytal, New York Observer
 
Here we have a serious, first-rate novelist putting all his skills to work.”—Clancy Martin, New York Times Book Review
 
”Mr. Lin casts a spell in Taipei. . . .  [It is] his strongest book. At its best, it has distant echoes of early Hemingway, as filtered through Twitter and Klonopin: it’s terse, neutral, composed of small and often intricate gestures. . . . it’s about flickers of perception, flickers that the author catches as if they were fireflies.”—Dwight Garner, New York Times

“Amazing. . . . He’s actually the best writer about what it’s like to be f*cked up on drugs that I’ve ever read.”John Horgan, author of The End of Science 

“The most moving depiction of the way we live now. . . . unutterably moving.”Michael Silverblatt, KCRW’s Bookworm
 
“One thing I like about Tao’s writing is how beside the point for me ‘liking’ it feels — it’s a frank depiction of the rhythm of a contemporary consciousness or lack of consciousness and so it has a power that bypasses those questions of taste entirely. Like it or not, it has the force of the real.”—Ben Lerner, author of Leaving the Atocha Station
 
“[A] novel about disaffection that’s oddly affecting. . . . for all its emotional reality, Taipei is a book without an ounce of self-pity, melodrama, or posturing.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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