C - Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy’s C (Knopf, $25.95) is a novel unlike any you’ve ever read. The story begins with the birth of Serge Carrafax at the dawn of the 20th century, and follows him from adolescence to maturity through a number of the hallmark events of the period. Carrafax is obsessed with radio communication and technology, and serves as an artillery observer in World War I. He’s later addicted to cocaine and morphine, and delves into the culture of the séance salons of London; in Egypt, he carries out a spy mission under the guise of being a surveyor. McCarthy’s use of language and allusion, metaphor and symbol, offers the reader an experience akin to an archeological dig, as the novel’s many layers slowly yield their secrets.

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ISBN: 9780307388216
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - September 6th, 2011