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11/9/2001: Christian fundamentalists hijack four jetliners. They fly two into the Tigris & Euphrates World Trade Towers in Baghdad, and a third into the Arab Defense Ministry in Riyadh. The fourth plane, believed to be bound for Mecca, is brought down by its passengers. The United Arab States declares a War on Terror. Arabian and Persian troops invade the Eastern Seaboard and establish a Green Zone in Washington, D.C....

Summer, 2009: Arab Homeland Security agent Mustafa al Baghdadi interrogates a captured suicide bomber. The prisoner claims that the world they are living in is a mirage — in the real world, America is a superpower, and the Arab states are just a collection of "backward third-world countries." Other captured terrorists have been telling the same story.

The gangster Saddam Hussein is conducting his own investigation. And the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee — a war hero named Osama bin Laden — will stop at nothing to hide the truth. As Mustafa and his colleagues venture deeper into the unsettling world of terrorism, politics, and espionage, they are confronted with questions without any rational answers, and the terrifying possibility that their world is not what it seems.

Review:

"A unique and compelling read." The Associated Press

Review:

"Like Philip Roth's The Plot Against America, the premise behind Ruff's alternate-history novel is chilling." The New York Post

Review:

"An unnerving but intriguing premise forms the backbone of Matt Ruff's latest novel, The Mirage, one of the most daring 9/11-inspired novels to emerge after that horrific day." The Seattle Times

Review:

"Ruff embraces his twisty concept with an attention to detail that suggests many months, more likely years, of fervent research....He is a world-class world builder who, perhaps better than any other writer, can create exotic, mysterious worlds and communicate their unique rules and consistent logics." The Stranger

Review:

"A funhouse-mirror mash-up where H.G. Wells and Graham Greene collide with The Arabian Nights and The Matrix....Ruff dizzies and dazzles the reader with a fantastic-and fantastical-story." BookPage

Review:

"Sci-fi/fantasy/post-cyberpunk cult author Matt Ruff imagines an alternate world in which Arabia becomes the earth's dominant superpower and America is a dictator-led, fundamentalist backwater. More than half the fun here comes from discovering all of the intricately clever consequences Ruff derives from that simple premise." Details

Review:

"The alt-historical framework is in many ways the best and most entertaining part of the book, and you want it to expand beyond the mere 400 pages of The Mirage." Seattle Weekly

Review:

"Furious entertainment....It echoes Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union or Steven Barnes's Lion's Blood, but more comparisons will be made to Philip K. Dick's World War II reimagining The Man in the High Castle." The Onion's AV Club

Review:

"If you amalgamated the methodical, punctilious, world-building skills of Ian McDonald with the reality-distortion powers of Philip K. Dick and then folded in the satirical, take-no-prisoners savagery of Norman Spinrad, you might be able to produce a book approximating The Mirage." Barnes and Nobles Review

Review:

"That The Mirage shares DNA with airport-kiosk genre exercises is nothing to be ashamed of. A good thriller is hard to pull off. The ingredients are clear enough: propulsive action, sympathetic characterization, and enough detail to ground the story without slowing things down." The Philadelphia City Paper

Review:

"This book quite successfully challenges the ideas of Christian moral supremacy and the unchallenged political agenda of superpowers. It is a deeply satisfying novel which excites hopes of a long and productive career for this young writer." Examiner.com

Review:

"The Mirage is an intriguing addition to the genre....Ruff spices up his tale with a wealth of arresting details....Ruff keeps you reading, [out of] eagerness to see what twist he'll think of next." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"An audacious new novel....The Mirage is a topsy-turvy tour de force, another winner from a truly inventive and unpredictable storyteller." The San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Matt Ruff is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Bad Monkeys, Set This House in Order, Fool on the Hill, and Sewer, Gas & Electric. He lives in Seattle.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061976230
Author:
Ruff, Matt
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 1.00901 in 10.4 oz

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Product details 448 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061976230 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A unique and compelling read."
"Review" by , "Like Philip Roth's The Plot Against America, the premise behind Ruff's alternate-history novel is chilling."
"Review" by , "An unnerving but intriguing premise forms the backbone of Matt Ruff's latest novel, The Mirage, one of the most daring 9/11-inspired novels to emerge after that horrific day."
"Review" by , "Ruff embraces his twisty concept with an attention to detail that suggests many months, more likely years, of fervent research....He is a world-class world builder who, perhaps better than any other writer, can create exotic, mysterious worlds and communicate their unique rules and consistent logics."
"Review" by , "A funhouse-mirror mash-up where H.G. Wells and Graham Greene collide with The Arabian Nights and The Matrix....Ruff dizzies and dazzles the reader with a fantastic-and fantastical-story."
"Review" by , "Sci-fi/fantasy/post-cyberpunk cult author Matt Ruff imagines an alternate world in which Arabia becomes the earth's dominant superpower and America is a dictator-led, fundamentalist backwater. More than half the fun here comes from discovering all of the intricately clever consequences Ruff derives from that simple premise."
"Review" by , "The alt-historical framework is in many ways the best and most entertaining part of the book, and you want it to expand beyond the mere 400 pages of The Mirage."
"Review" by , "Furious entertainment....It echoes Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union or Steven Barnes's Lion's Blood, but more comparisons will be made to Philip K. Dick's World War II reimagining The Man in the High Castle."
"Review" by , "If you amalgamated the methodical, punctilious, world-building skills of Ian McDonald with the reality-distortion powers of Philip K. Dick and then folded in the satirical, take-no-prisoners savagery of Norman Spinrad, you might be able to produce a book approximating The Mirage."
"Review" by , "That The Mirage shares DNA with airport-kiosk genre exercises is nothing to be ashamed of. A good thriller is hard to pull off. The ingredients are clear enough: propulsive action, sympathetic characterization, and enough detail to ground the story without slowing things down."
"Review" by , "This book quite successfully challenges the ideas of Christian moral supremacy and the unchallenged political agenda of superpowers. It is a deeply satisfying novel which excites hopes of a long and productive career for this young writer."
"Review" by , "The Mirage is an intriguing addition to the genre....Ruff spices up his tale with a wealth of arresting details....Ruff keeps you reading, [out of] eagerness to see what twist he'll think of next."
"Review" by , "An audacious new novel....The Mirage is a topsy-turvy tour de force, another winner from a truly inventive and unpredictable storyteller."
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