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Publisher Comments:

From "a fiercely intelligent writer" (New York Times Book Review) and the author of The Hundred Brothers (a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist) comes a strikingly insightful and inspired new novel — set in a pancake house. Donald Antrim's The Verificationist is a deadly serious, desperately playful, off-the-wall, and perfectly on-target book permeated by the unlikely smell of maple syrup in the evening and the sharpened consciousness of a group of psychoanalysts.

Tom is our narrator — a seemingly adequately analyzed psychotherapist who, during a nightlong pancake dinner with colleagues, finds himself locked in an embrace with Bernhardt, the towering father figure of the group. Bernhardt is merely trying to keep Tom from starting a food fight, but the effects are disastrous: in an out-of-body experience, Tom floats up to the ceiling and from there looks down on himself and his cronies. Over the course of the night, he watches as his friendships, his marriage, even his professional identity, unfold and unravel until, in a catastrophic and inevitable tandem ascent and regression, he loses his very sense of himself as a man.

Taking on psychoanalysis and sex, work and family, The Verificationist explodes old myths and creates new ones. It is a wildly imagined, superbly written novel from a writer whose work has been hailed as "gloriously unhinged" (San Francisco Chronicle).

About the Author

Donald Antrim is the author of two previous novels, The Hundred Brothers and Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375408229
Author:
Antrim, Donald
Publisher:
Knopf
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Visionary & metaphysical
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
98/31
Publication Date:
20000215
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.70x5.83x.86 in. .83 lbs.

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