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Your Fathers, Where are They? and the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? - Dave Eggers

Your Fathers, Where are They? and the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Paperback Published: 29th July 2015
ISBN: 9780241971321
Number Of Pages: 224

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'Does it feel weird to be chained to a post?'

In Building 52 at an abandoned military base miles from anywhere a NASA astronaut wakes to find he's been kidnapped. A man named Thomas says they know each other, but the astronaut doesn't remember him. Thomas insists he'll come to no harm - if he just answers a few questions. But when Thomas doesn't get the answers he's looking for he knows just what to do . . .

What has driven Thomas to this desperate act?
What is it he is trying to find or understand?
And how will it end?

About the Author

Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, most recently including the trilogy The Circle, A Hologram for the King, (a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award), and Your Fathers, Where Are They, And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine, The Believer.

McSweeney's also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Dave Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible. He lives in Northern California with his family.

Industry Reviews

One of our fiercest and most compelling writers * Sunday Times *
Eggers can write about pretty much anything and make it glitter and somersault on the page . . . dazzling and highly original -- Michiko Kakutani * The New York Times *
Possibly the most admired and emulated American author of his generation * Independent *
A jazz session - a brief, single helping of strangeness that flaunts his panache for stylistic experimentation. . . The writing is compelling and the characterization astute * Booklist *
Inherently interesting. I can think of few contemporary American writers who convey such a sense of urgency about the mess we're in. Eggers pulls no punches * Milwaukee Journal Sentinel *
A one-sitting read . . . insightful * USA Today *
One of the country's leading literary eminences * Washington Post *
Eggers writes so well you would read a computer manual if it was by him, but beneath his beguiling style is a base note of genuine concern about those who find themselves out of kilter with society. * HERALD *
His latest novella, Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? stretches his toying with literary forms to new lengths...compelling * EVENING STANDARD *
But with each tightly controlled book, Eggers' fiction becomes more prescient, moving and unsettling... Even if all generations are lost generations, we need engaged, incendiary novels which ask: What now? * INDEPENDENT *

The faint echo of Plato's dialogues . . . Raising questions about the appropriate
relationship between authority and compassion.

* Kirkus *
An angry and astute investigation into the state of America ... Politically and polemically engaged in the tradition of Dickens and Zola. -- Mark Lawson * Guardian *
Eggers has a knack for potent images of frustration . . [He] has produced something timely -- Sam Worley * Chicago Tribune *
A major talent. His voice - loud, sardonic, compassionate, and honest . . . Eggers has developed into a profoundly serious novelist and nonfiction writer with a social and political conscience. -- Alex Gilvarry * The Boston Globe *
Dave Eggers never writes the same book twice, and his latest may be his most unusual to date . . . [A] fleet and forceful story by one of our finest fiction writers . . .stark exchanges, with little exposition ... propels the reader to the end. -- Georgia Rowe * San Jose Mercury News *
Unmistakably the work of a singular talent. . . Even if all generations are lost generations, we need engaged, incendiary novels which ask: What now? -- Max Liu * The Independent *
Fathers is a screaming, bleating cry for society to fix itself. It is a frothing, angry, mournful meditation on what is slipping away as America plows on into the 21st century... compelling -- Henry C. Jackson * Chicago Daily Herald *
Another startling leap into new territory . . . Here is a tale as tightly wound as an alarm clock. . . Eggers has always been as elastic writer, but in Your Fathers he puts his language to the ultimate test. -- John Freeman * Toronto Star *
This short, provocative novel feels a bit like Jack Bauer stepping into Kierkegaard's collected works. . . ambitiously confronts a grand history of philosophical angst . . . Swift and smart. -- Zoe Ferraris * San Francisco Chronicle *
Engaging . . . You know what Eggers wants to say, he says it quickly, and he says it with a respectably righteous fury. And, ultimately, he says it with a compassion that's always been present in his work . . . Fascinating. -- Mark Athitakis * The Washington Post *
Within 212 pages, Eggers displays a delicate, haunting, sometimes dire picture of the world. It may not be a comfortable read, but it's an interesting take on what we believe to be true and what we hope to be true. -- Mark Lopez * Alibi.com *

ISBN: 9780241971321
ISBN-10: 0241971322
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 29th July 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1

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