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Dark Constellations

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Dark Constellations by Pola Oloixarac
Apr 16, 2019 | 216 Pages
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Praise for Dark Constellations

“Oloixarac toggles between severity and satire with Borgesian ease, yet her bleak visions of a society so easily conquered by a small number of amoral innovators is eerily plausible, and captured with an evocative lyricism.”
—AV Club

Dark Constellations delivers exactly what you want in high-end science fiction—a deep thinker of a novel with a wide-eyed gusto for getting weird.”
—Southwest Review 

“Dark Constellations is a grand saga of the anthropocene fever dream, spanning numerous continents, centuries, and species. With the technophilic, psychedelic flair of Thomas Pynchon and William Gibson, Pola Oloixarac tacks up miles of red yarn between 19th-century explorers, Argentinian cryptographers, secluded island tribes, computational biologists, and more. A novel of high style and heavyweight ideas, Dark Constellations charts a sublime order through the ritualistic carnage of science. Also, sex.” 
—Tony Tulathimutte, author of Private Citizens

“With Dark Constellations, Pola Oloixarac exceeds the high expectations she set with Savage Theories, her deliciously wicked debut. Whip-smart and gleefully irreverent, Oloixarac’s new novel establishes her as Argentina’s  most ferocious literary export. Fusing sci-fi and slapstick, Dark Constellations goes where no American writer would dare to tread. If you thought satire was dead, you haven’t been reading Pola Oloixarac.”
—Adam Morris, author of American Messiahs: False Prophets of a Damned Nation

Dark Constellations has a daring and turbulent erudition. It’s a cyberpunk with the bright colors of Latin America.”
—Carol Bensimon, author of We All Loved Cowboys

“Intriguing and terrifying . . . [the] 19th century interludes that thread through the novel, a fever dream of sex and hallucinogenics and weird experiments, contrast beautifully against the straightlaced prose of Cassio and Piera’s story.” 
—Locus Magazine

“This genre-defying novel blends science fiction with cyberpunk with naturalism to end up with something utterly original . . . Oloixarac is a massive, mysterious talent.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review 

“This wild anthropological ride blends political satire, psychedelic sexuality, and cyberpunk themes.” 
—Publisher’s Weekly

“Bracingly inventive . . . This esoteric, centuries-spanning approach brings to mind David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas and Darren Aronofsky’s 2006 film The Fountain, though Oloixarac’s novel is far stranger and more challenging than both.” 
—Full Stop

“One of the first classics of Spanish literature in the 21st century.”
El Mundo

“A fascinating and bewildering dystopian and fantastic novel. The language couldn’t be more bold, brimming over with erotic metaphors and philosophical references.”
Der Spiegel

“Pola Oloixarac seems to be one epistemological step ahead . . . An ingenious coming-of-age novel of the internet and a philosophical trip.”

Praise for Pola Oloixarac

“A stunning vibrant maximalist whirlwind of a novel. Oloixarac’s wit and ambition are evident on every page.”
—Hari Kunzru, author of White Tears
“[An] exuberant blend of political satire and sexual picaresque. This book rewards total immersion: Come for the inevitable Borges allusions, stay for the wild ride.” 
—The New York Times Book Review

“Pola Oloixarac is one of the great writers of the Internet, the only country larger than Argentina.”
—Joshua Cohen, author of Book of Numbers

​“​This debut novel announces a huge, rambunctious talent, with its hilarious and ribald glimpse of intellectual and sexual politics in a post-post revolutionary Argentina.”
—The Boston Globe

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