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ISBN13: 9781847671745
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In The Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall produces a novel that is both literary bravura and a thoughtful meditation of identity and loss. A stunning debut by a writer of enormous talent.
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I was unconscious. I'd stopped breathing. I don't know how long it lasted, but the engines and drivers that keep the human machine functioning at a mechanical level must have trip-switched, responding to the stillness with a general systems panic. Autopilot failure--switch to emergency manual override. This is how my life started, my second life. So begins The Raw Shark Texts, the startlingly original debut novel from Steven Hall that is already electrifying booksellers and publishers all over the world. Eric Sanderson wakes up one day with no idea who or where he is. A note instructs him to call a Dr. Randle, who informs him that he is undergoing yet another episode of memory loss and that for the last two years--since the tragic death of his great love, Clio, while vacationing in Greece--he's been suffering from an acute disassociative disorder. But there may be more to the story, or it may be a different story altogether. As Eric Sanderson begins to examine letters and papers left behind by the first Eric Sanderson and the staggering tale they seem to contain, he and the reader embark on a quest to recover the truth and to escape the predatory forces that threaten to devour him. Moving with the pace and momentum of a superb thriller, exploring ideas about language and information as well as identity, The Raw Shark Texts is a brilliant novel about the magnitude of love and the devastating effect of losing that love. It will dazzle you, it will move you, and it will leave an indelible imprint like nothing you have read in a long time.

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Moving with the pace and momentum of a superb thriller, exploring ideas about language and information as well as identity, "The Raw Shark Texts" is ultimately a novel about the magnitude of love and the devastating effect of losing that love.

Synopsis:

A thrillingly original novel published in thirty-three countries to worldwide acclaim, The New York Times Magazine called The Raw Shark Texts a genre-founding work of fiction.

Eric Sanderson wakes up in a house he doesnt recognize, unable to remember anything of his life. All he has left are his diary entries recalling Clio, a perfect love who died under mysterious circumstances, and a house that may contain the secrets to Erics prior life. But there may be more to this story, or it may be a different story altogether. With the help of allies found on the fringes of society, Eric embarks on an edge-of-your-seat journey to uncover the truth about himself and to escape the predatory forces that threaten to consume him. Moving with the pace of a superb thriller, The Raw Shark Texts has sparked the imaginations of readers around the world and is one of the most talked-about novels in years.

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The Raw Shark Texts, called “clever, playful . . .  sharp and clear” by the Los Angeles Times and “a horror-dystopic-philosophical mash-up” by the New York Times Magazine, is a novel unlike any other. Eric Sanderson wakes up in a house one day with no idea who or where he is. Instructed by a mysterious note to visit a Dr. Randle, Eric learns that the agony of losing the love of his life in a scuba-diving accident three years before has destroyed his memory. But there may be more to the story, or it may be a different story altogether. As Eric begins to examine letters and papers left in the house by “the first Eric Sanderson,” a staggeringly different explanation for what is happening to Eric emerges, and he and the reader embark on a quest to recover the truth and escape the remorseless predatory forces that threatens to devour him. The Raw Shark Texts is a kaleidoscopic novel about the magnitude of love and the devastating effect of losing that love.

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cutie_sweets2002, November 17, 2009 (view all comments by cutie_sweets2002)
Absolutely loved this book! My first book of this type and i enjoyed it. Hall uses type to create a feeling and/or set a mood. Type gets big, gets small, gets put at different parts of the page, so interesting. Hall also completly challenges you with his reality, and his ambiguous ending; i was left there asking my self what i had just experienced and had it really happened the way i thought it did. Quite marvelous.
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bellatierra, April 22, 2009 (view all comments by bellatierra)
The Raw Shark Texts is a poetic work of literature that explores Big things like philosophy, psychology, memory and perception, except that it reads like a Steven King thriller. Steven Hall has crafted an extremely original and well-written novel that will make your brain sweat long after you've finished it.
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czelticgirl, May 4, 2008 (view all comments by czelticgirl)
It's a good thing I started this book on a weekend and didn't have to be up early the next morning. I was up late, playing the "one more chapter and then I'll go to sleep... oh, ok, *one* more chapter" game. The Raw Shark Texts is a compelling thriller and Steven Hall has created a marvelous world in which to tell it. This book is a delightful read and one heck of a page-turner.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781847671745
Author:
Hall, Steven
Publisher:
Canongate Us
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Amnesia
Subject:
Dissociative disorders
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 18 oz

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Product details 448 pages Canongate U.S. - English 9781847671745 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

In The Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall produces a novel that is both literary bravura and a thoughtful meditation of identity and loss. A stunning debut by a writer of enormous talent.

"Synopsis" by , Moving with the pace and momentum of a superb thriller, exploring ideas about language and information as well as identity, "The Raw Shark Texts" is ultimately a novel about the magnitude of love and the devastating effect of losing that love.
"Synopsis" by ,
A thrillingly original novel published in thirty-three countries to worldwide acclaim, The New York Times Magazine called The Raw Shark Texts a genre-founding work of fiction.

Eric Sanderson wakes up in a house he doesnt recognize, unable to remember anything of his life. All he has left are his diary entries recalling Clio, a perfect love who died under mysterious circumstances, and a house that may contain the secrets to Erics prior life. But there may be more to this story, or it may be a different story altogether. With the help of allies found on the fringes of society, Eric embarks on an edge-of-your-seat journey to uncover the truth about himself and to escape the predatory forces that threaten to consume him. Moving with the pace of a superb thriller, The Raw Shark Texts has sparked the imaginations of readers around the world and is one of the most talked-about novels in years.

"Synopsis" by ,
The Raw Shark Texts, called “clever, playful . . .  sharp and clear” by the Los Angeles Times and “a horror-dystopic-philosophical mash-up” by the New York Times Magazine, is a novel unlike any other. Eric Sanderson wakes up in a house one day with no idea who or where he is. Instructed by a mysterious note to visit a Dr. Randle, Eric learns that the agony of losing the love of his life in a scuba-diving accident three years before has destroyed his memory. But there may be more to the story, or it may be a different story altogether. As Eric begins to examine letters and papers left in the house by “the first Eric Sanderson,” a staggeringly different explanation for what is happening to Eric emerges, and he and the reader embark on a quest to recover the truth and escape the remorseless predatory forces that threatens to devour him. The Raw Shark Texts is a kaleidoscopic novel about the magnitude of love and the devastating effect of losing that love.
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