Satin Island

Nominiert: Man Booker Prize 2015, Nominiert: The Goldsmiths Prize 2015

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Shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker prize
Shortlisted for the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize

'A horrifyingly comic novel of ideas with its fingers jammed into the light-socket of the age' Guardian

'A Kafka for the Google Age' Daily Telegraph

Meet U. - a talented and uneasy figure currently pimping his skills to an elite consultancy in contemporary London. His employers advise everyone from big businesses to governments, and, to this end, expect their 'corporate anthropologist' to help decode and manipulate the world around them - all the more so now that a giant, epoch-defining project is in the offing.

Instead, U. spends his days procrastinating, meandering through endless buffer-zones of information and becoming obsessed by the images with which the world bombards him on a daily basis: oil spills, African traffic jams, roller-blade processions, zombie parades. Is there, U. wonders, a secret logic holding all these images together - a codex that, once cracked, will unlock the master-meaning of our age? Might it have something to do with South Pacific Cargo Cults, or the dead parachutists in the news? Perhaps; perhaps not.

As U. oscillates between the visionary and the vague, brilliance and bullshit, Satin Island emerges, an impassioned and exquisite novel for our disjointed times.
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"Smart, shimmering and thought-provoking...McCarthy isn't a frustrated cultural theorist who must content himself with writing novels; he's a born novelist, a pretty fantastic one, who has figured out a way to make cultural theory funny, scary and suspenseful - in other words, compulsively readable." New York Times
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Tom McCarthy is the author of Tintin and the Secret of Literature and three internationally celebrated novels: Remainder, Men in Space and, most recently, C, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. In 2013 he was awarded the inaugural Windham-Campbell Literature Prize by Yale University. His creation, in 1999, of the International Necronautical Society has led to installations and exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, from Tate Britain and the ICA in London to The Drawing Center in New York.

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Seitenzahl 192
Erscheinungsdatum 12.03.2015
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-224-09019-3
Verlag Jonathan Cape
Maße (L/B/H) 21,3/15,8/2,6 cm
Gewicht 368 g
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U., the narrator of Tom McCarthy’s novel, works for a consultancy company based in London. He is actually an ethnographer so his job is to find patterns in human behaviour which then will be used for projects. One of them has just been won when U. is stuck at... U., the narrator of Tom McCarthy’s novel, works for a consultancy company based in London. He is actually an ethnographer so his job is to find patterns in human behaviour which then will be used for projects. One of them has just been won when U. is stuck at Torino airport waiting to fly back to England. The news catch his attention: another oil spill somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, another parachutist crashed due to possible foul play. His thoughts follow traces, spring to something completely different, come back and turn in circles without real aim. Well, actually, there is one aim assigned by his boss: to write THE book. Whatever that means. This novel is really stunning. On the one hand, we have got no plot at all. Nothing really happens to U. He works for this blurry company without knowing what he is doing. He’s got a girlfriend whom he meets from time to time and another good friend who is seriously ill. And this ominous Koob-Sassen project which is never elaborated. That’s just it. On the other hand, his thoughts meanders between the classic ethnographic literature, Lévi-Strauss and the like, narrating their work and findings and a very sharp observation of his surroundings. Put like this, the novel seems to be a big bore which is not the case at all. Interestingly, it is very difficult to say why you keep on reading, finding it stimulating and following U.’s thoughts albeit the obvious lack of action or red thread. Even though you might find neither oil spills not parachutists especially exciting, what the author makes of it becomes fascinating to read. Having finished, this novel leaves you behind confused, fascinated and mesmerized. Although you do not know why or how this happened.


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