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Blackbox: A Novel in 840 Chaptersby Nick Walker
Synopses & Reviews
Cross a road, take a train, or get on an airplane and you put your life in the hands of a stranger — every bit as screwed up, every bit as fallible and as human as you are. Then the person turns out not to be a stranger at all, and suddenly it's much worse.
In America and Britain and the sky in between, an apparently disparate group of people is connected, whether intimately or by chance, to the tragic death of a stowaway on board flight AF266.
As the action veers across countries and time zones, the stowaway's real identity is revealed through stolen black box recordings, answering machine messages, sitcom outtakes, and court transcripts. Told in a shifting, circular narrative, the interwoven lives make up a jolting and layered puzzle that builds to a heart-stopping, chilling climax.
An intelligent and invigorating novel with a bizarre menu of dysfunctional characters, Blackbox is the story of an attempt to erase a life on tape.
"A clever, filmic black comedy....[Walker's] characters are brilliant, his dialogue sparkles, and it's hilarious." The Guardian (U.K.)
"One of the year's outstanding debuts." Time Out (London)
"[Walker] behaves as if he is enjoying himself enormously while writing this. The plot makes its revelations at such breakneck speed." The Times (London)
"Invigorating....Funny enough to let you almost forget the tragedy that lies at its heart." Sunday Herald (U.K.)
"[Walker] offers...an active imagination and wild morbidity, a sense of Ballardian mythology and wonder...and prose of pared distinction." The Guardian Unlimited (U.K.)
"Highly original....Walker controls the loose, filmic structure beautifully, drawing us in to what is a gripping and compelling novel." The List (Glasgow)
"An intense conceptual cosmic thriller." The Big Issue (London)
"Genuinely original (and how often can you say that?), Blackbox is a masterpiece of loose-limbed, confident storytelling." Patrick Neate, author of Twelve Bar Blues, winner of the 2001 Whitbread Novel Award
A dark, complex and stunning debut in the tradition of Palahniuk and Ballard — a highly-original, wildly morbid and hysterically tragic masterpiece of loose-limbed, confident storytelling.
A dark, complex, and stunning debut novel in the tradition of Palahniuk and Ballard, this is a highly original and wildly morbid story about a disparate group of people connected by an airplane accident.
About the Author
Nick Walker is a writer and performer with Talking Birds, a UK mixed-media production company. He has an acute fear of flying and lives in England.
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