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Fred Brounian and his twin brother, George, were once co-CEOs of a burgeoning New York City software company devoted to the creation of utopian virtual worlds. Now, in the summer of 2006, as two wars rage andthe fifth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, George has fallen into a coma, control of the company has been wrenched away by a military contracting conglomerate, and Fred has moved back in with his parents. Broke andalone, he's led by an attractive woman, Mira, into a neurological study promising to give him peak experiences and a newfound spiritual outlook on life. As the study progresses, lines between the subject andthe experimenter blur, and reality becomes increasingly porous. Meanwhile, Fred finds himself caught up in what seems at first a cruel prank: a series of bizarre emails and texts that purport to be from his comatosebrother.

Moving between the research hospitals of Manhattan, the streets of a meticulously planned Florida city, the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and the uncanny, immersive worlds of urban disastersimulation; threading through military listserv geek-speak, Hindu cosmology, the maxims of outmoded self-help books and the latest neuroscientific breakthroughs, Luminarium is a brilliantexamination of the way we live now, a novel that's as much about the role technology and spirituality play in shaping our reality as it is about the undying bond between brothers, and the redemptivepossibilities of love.

Luminarium is dizzyingly smart and provocative, exploring as it does the state of the present, of technology, of what is real and what is ephemeral. But the thing that separatesLuminarium from other books that discuss avatars, virtual reality and the like is that Alex Shakar is committed throughout with trying, relentlessly, to flat-out explain the meaning of life. This book is funny, andsoulful, and very sad, but so intellectually invigorating that you'll want to read it twice. — Dave Eggers

This fascinating, hilarious novel, though set in the past, is the story of thefuture: technology has outlapped us, reality is blinking on and off like a bad wireless connection, the ones we love are nearby in one sense, but far away in another. Yet at the book's gallopingheart, it's the story of what one man is willing to go through to find--in our crowded, second-rate space--something like faith. This novel is sharp, original, and full ofenergy--obviously the work of a brilliant mind. — Deb Olin Unferth, author of Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War

Product Details

ISBN:
9781569479766
Publisher:
Soho Press
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Shakar, Alex
Publication Date:
August 2011
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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