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The Gone-Away Worldby Nick Harkaway
This literary debut features the pre- and post-apocalyptic, plenty of kung fu, anti-corporate subplots, and its fair share of mimes. It's an epic that stuns and delights with its absurdities and profundities. Part cautionary tale of apocalyptic war (featuring a new type of bomb that makes things literally "go away") and part buddy adventure, The Gone-Away World is for anyone who enjoys a good romp. It has a tendency to wander a bit, and the author is not afraid to use his words, but it never fails to amuse. Also, ninjas are involved.
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A hilarious, action-packed look at the apocalypse that combines a touching tale of friendship, a thrilling war story, and an all out kung-fu infused mission to save the world. Gonzo Lubitch and his best friend have been inseparable since birth. They grew up together, they studied martial arts together, they rebelled in college together, and they fought in the Go-Away War together. Now, with the world in shambles and dark nightmarish clouds billowing over the wastelands, they have been tapped for an incredibly perilous mission. But they quickly realize that this assignment is not all it seems, and before it is over they will have encountered everything from mimes, ninjas, and pirates to one ultra-sinister mastermind, whose only goal is world domination. Unlike anything else, The Gone-Away World is a remarkable literary debut that will be remembered and rediscovered for years to come.
“A flat-out ferociously good novel....Reads like a surrealist smashup of Pynchon and Pratchett, Vonnegut and Heller.” Austin Chronicle
“Harkaway delivers plenty of action and surprises....Likely to be this season’s major conversation-starter.” San Francisco Chronicle
“A gripping, satirical, postapocalyptic war epic populated with mimes, ninjas, bureaucrats, chimera, and gun-toting nerds.” New York Magazine
"Very funny and hugely entertaining....And brilliant. Read it." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Bewilders, amazes, entertains....[A] Catch-22 for the 21st century...a work of extraordinary imagination and charisma...genius" The New York Observer
"Fantasy meets apocalypse meets allegory meets bildungsroman in an exuberant, bulging first novel." Kirkus Reviews
"Vivid and exciting. Harkaway manages to meld a vision of war more germane to today's world, and take it to its most horrifying, apocalyptic conclusion." Charleston City Paper
About the Author
Nick Harkaway was born in Cornwall in 1972. He studied philosophy, sociology, and politics at Clare College, Cambridge, and then worked in the film industry. The Gone-Away World is his first novel. He lives in London with his wife.
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