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C - Tom McCarthy

C - Tom McCarthy

Title: C

Author:  Tom McCarthy

ISBN:  9780224090209

Weight:  990g

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C by Tom McCarthy

C follows the short, intense life of Serge Carrefax, a man who – as his name suggests – surges into the electric modernity of the early twentieth century, transfixed by the technologies that will obliterate him.

Born to the sound of one of the very earliest experimental wireless stations, Serge finds himself steeped in a weird world of transmissions, whose very air seems filled with cryptic and poetic signals of all kinds.  When personal loss strikes him in his adolescence, this world takes on a darker and more morbid aspect.

What follows is a stunning tour de force in which the eerily idyllic settings of pre-war Europe give way to the exhilarating flight-paths of the frontline aeroplane radio operator, then the prison camps of Germany, the drug-fuelled London of the roaring twenties and, finally, the ancient tombs of Egypt.

Reminiscent of Bolaño, Beckett and Pynchon, this is a remarkable novel – a compelling, sophisticated and sublimely imaginative book uncovering the hidden codes and dark rhythms that sustain life.

Peer & Press Reviews

An intelligent, ambitious book… A beautiful, accessible novel with a thrilling tale.  This is one of the most brilliant books to have hit the shelves this year and McCarthy deserves high praise for an electric piece of writing which should be enjoyed as well as discussed.

Beth Jones, Sunday Telegraph

C inserts itself, slyly yet confidently, into the history of modernism.  This is a genuinely exciting and spookily beautiful book, a new kind of joy.

Neel Mukherjee, The Times

McCarthy is fast revealing himself as a master craftsman who is steering the contemporary novel towards exciting territories.

The Observer

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Title: C
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Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: Jonathan Cape
Awards and prizes: Man Booker Prize 2010 – shortlist
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Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Chatham
ISBN 13: 9780224090209
ISBN 10: 0224090208
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
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Collectors Notes & Author Links

  • Tom McCarthy was born in 1969 and lives in London.  His first novel, Remainder, won the 2007 Believer Book Award (presented in 2008).  Omer Fast is currently directing a film adaptation of this book, which is due for release in 2015.
  • His third novel, C, was shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.  As a winner of one of the inaugural Windham–Campbell Literature Prizes in 2013, he received a grant of $150k to support his writing.  His fourth and latest novel, Satin Island, is longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.
  • A fluent commentator on both written and visual arts, McCarthy has made guest appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.  He also writes for a wide variety of print publications such as The Independent, the London Review of Books and the TLS.  His non-fiction book, Tintin and the Secret of Literature, garnered praise for being an innovative work of literary criticism.

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