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Antkind by Charlie Kaufman
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Jul 07, 2020 | ISBN 9780399589683

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“To paraphrase Charlie Kaufman, it’s like a brain factory in there! This is a whopper of a book, bursting with the driest of humor, the strangest of scenarios, and the most brilliant of observations. It is wholly original, maddening, and marvelous.”—Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book

“A full-throttled absurdist revolt against the constraints of the audience-tested mass entertainment, Antkind is unbridled Kaufman energy and wit coming up against the limits of the imagination itself: discursive, subversive, and genuinely funny.”—Joshua Ferris, author of Then We Came to the End
 
“Each page is so stuffed with invention, audacity, and hilarity, it feels like an act of defiance. Antkind is a fever dream you don’t want to be shaken awake from, a thrill ride that veers down stranger and stranger alleys until you find yourself in a reality so kaleidoscopic you will question your own sanity—or: the novel only Charlie Kaufman could pull off.”—Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

“Magnificent, genius, enraging, mysterious, joyous, terrifying, and, above all, hilarious! Within its pages, Antkind might contain the universe.”—Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Less

“A tribute to the absurdity of story and ego and obsession that manages to criticize all of this as fiercely as it embraces it all,  Antkind is as funny and brilliant and utterly idiosyncratic as you could ever hope. I couldn’t put it down, which is saying a lot, because holy shit, is it heavy.”—Mat Johnson, author of Pym and Loving Day
 
“The story folds endlessly in on itself as it spreads outward into your mind, deeply, horrifically funny; spiritually desolating and thereby consoling. The voice, in all its absurdity, humanity and desperation, sabotages your own interior monologue forever. It’s like the worst dream I’ve ever had, but one that I desperately didn’t want to end.”—Luke Kennard, author of The Transition

“Kaufman delivers a terrific debut novel that makes Gravity’s Rainbow read like a Dr. Seuss story. . . . [It commands] attention from start to finish for its ingenuity and narrative dazzle. Film, speculative fiction, and outright eccentricity collide in a wonderfully inventive yarn—and a masterwork of postmodern storytelling.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Pynchonesque . . . Kaufman’s debut brims with screwball satire and provocative reflections on how art shapes people’s perception of the world.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This novel is magnificently imaginative, bringing to mind Beckett, Pynchon, and A. R. Moxon’s more recent The Revisionaries (2019). With this surprisingly breezy read, given its length, Kaufman proves to be a masterful novelist, delivering a tragic, farcical, and fascinating exploration of how memory defines our lives.”Booklist

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