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This novel reads like intercepted radio transmissions from the first two decades of the 20th century: a looping cacophony of coffins, cabaret, cocaine, and cryptology. Serge Carrefax hunts for meaning in minutiae and for secret messages from his dead sister, his journey carrying him to a multitude of locales: the mansion where he spent his childhood, a German spa, the trenches of the First World War, Soho séances, and Egyptian tombs. McCarthy betrays the truth that life can hold moments of flickering significance, even if they're hidden in a deluge of patternless data and doggy-style sexual encounters.
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Publisher Comments:

C has been shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.

The acclaimed author of Remainder, which Zadie Smith hailed asone of the great English novels of the past ten years,gives us his most spectacularly inventive novel yet.

Opening in England at the turn of the twentieth century, C is the story of a boy named Serge Carrefax, whose father spends his time experimenting with wireless communication while running a school for deaf children. Serge grows up amid the noise and silencewith his brilliant but troubled older sister, Sophie: an intense sibling relationship that stays with him as he heads off into an equally troubled larger world.

After a fling with a nurse at a Bohemianspa, Serge serves in World War I as a radio operator for reconnaissance planes. When his plane is shot down, Serge is taken to a German prison camp, from which he escapes. Back in London, he's recruited for amission to Cairo on behalf of the shadowy Empire Wireless Chain. All of which eventually carries Serge to a fitful-and perhaps fateful--climax at the bottom of an Egyptian tomb . . .

Only a writer like Tom McCarthy could pull off a story with this effortless historical breadth, psychological insight, and postmodern originality.

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Synopsis:

Growing up with a father who teaches hearing-impaired children and a sister who takes inappropriate sexual liberties, Serge struggles with unusual sexual predilections that challenge his adulthood, from his service in World War I to a fateful confrontation in an Egyptian catacomb. By the author of Remainder. 40,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

"Opening in England at the turn of the twentieth century, C is the story of a boy named Serge Carrefax, whose father spends his time experimenting with wireless communication while running a school for deaf children. Serge grows up amid the noise and silence with his brilliant but troubled older sister, Sophie: an intense sibling relationship that stays with him as he heads off into an equally troubled larger world. After a fling with a nurse at a Bohemian spa, Serge serves in World War I as a radio operator for reconnaissance planes. When his plane is shot down, Serge is taken to a German prison camp, from which he escapes. Back in London, he's recruited for a mission to Cairo on behalf of the shadowy Empire Wireless Chain. All of which eventually carries Serge to a fitful, and perhaps fateful, climax at the bottom of an Egyptian tomb..."--Jacket.

About the Author

Tom McCarthy was born in 1969 and lives in London. He is known in the art world for the reports, manifestos, and media interventions he has made as general secretary of the International Necronautical Society (INS), a semi-fictitious avant-garde network. His first novel was Remainder, and, in 2006, he published Tintin and the Secret of Literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307594457
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Author:
Tom McCarthy
Author:
McCarthy, Tom
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Self-actualization (psychology)
Subject:
Computer Languages-C++
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100907
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

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Product details 320 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307594457 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This novel reads like intercepted radio transmissions from the first two decades of the 20th century: a looping cacophony of coffins, cabaret, cocaine, and cryptology. Serge Carrefax hunts for meaning in minutiae and for secret messages from his dead sister, his journey carrying him to a multitude of locales: the mansion where he spent his childhood, a German spa, the trenches of the First World War, Soho séances, and Egyptian tombs. McCarthy betrays the truth that life can hold moments of flickering significance, even if they're hidden in a deluge of patternless data and doggy-style sexual encounters.

"Synopsis" by , Growing up with a father who teaches hearing-impaired children and a sister who takes inappropriate sexual liberties, Serge struggles with unusual sexual predilections that challenge his adulthood, from his service in World War I to a fateful confrontation in an Egyptian catacomb. By the author of Remainder. 40,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , "Opening in England at the turn of the twentieth century, C is the story of a boy named Serge Carrefax, whose father spends his time experimenting with wireless communication while running a school for deaf children. Serge grows up amid the noise and silence with his brilliant but troubled older sister, Sophie: an intense sibling relationship that stays with him as he heads off into an equally troubled larger world. After a fling with a nurse at a Bohemian spa, Serge serves in World War I as a radio operator for reconnaissance planes. When his plane is shot down, Serge is taken to a German prison camp, from which he escapes. Back in London, he's recruited for a mission to Cairo on behalf of the shadowy Empire Wireless Chain. All of which eventually carries Serge to a fitful, and perhaps fateful, climax at the bottom of an Egyptian tomb..."--Jacket.
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