Synopses & Reviews
Its the late nineteenth century, and British astronomer Sanford Thayer has won international funding for his scheme to excavate an equilateral triangle, three hundred miles to a side, from the remote wastes of Egypts Western Desert. Nine hundred thousand Arab fellahin have been put to work on the project, even though they cant understand Thayers obsessive purpose. They don't believe him when he says his perfect triangle will be visible to the highly evolved beings who inhabit the planet Mars, signaling the existence of civilization on Earth. Political and religious dissent rumbles through the camps. There's also a triangle of another sort—a romantic one, involving Thayers secretary, whos committed to the man and his vision, and the mysterious servant girl he covets without sharing a common language. In the wind-blasted, lonely, fever-dream outpost known only as Point A, we plumb the depths of self-delusion and folly that comprise Thayers characteristically human enterprise.
Illustrated throughout with black-and-white astronomical diagrams, Equilateral is an elegant intellectual comedy thats extravagant in its conception and intimately focused on the implications of empire, colonization, and what we expect from contact with “the other.”
From the inimitable, irreverant, and witty National Book Award finalist Ken Kalfus, a novel about our need to connect.
About the Author
Ken Kalfus is the author of two novels, The Commissariat of Enlightenment and A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award. He's also published two collections of stories, Thirst and Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. His books have been translated into more than ten foreign languages. He lives in Philadelphia.