City

Description

The author of the international bestseller Silk now delivers a ravishing and wildly inventive novel about friendship, genius and its discontents, and the redemptive power of narrative. Somewhere in America lives a brilliant boy named Gould, an intellectual guided missile aimed at the Nobel Prize. His only companions are an imaginary giant and an imaginary mute. Improbably--and yet with impeccable logic--he falls into the care of Shatzy Shell, a young woman whose life up till that point has been equally devoid of human connection . Theirs is a relationship of stories and of stories within stories: of Gould's evolving saga of an underdog boxer and the violent Western that Shatzy has been dictating into a tape recorder since the age of six. Out of these stories, Alessandro Baricco creates a masterpiece of metaphysical pulp fiction that recalls both Scheherazade and Italo Calvino. By turns exhilarating and deeply moving, City is irresistible.

Details

Author(s)
Alessandro Baricco
Format
Paperback | 336 pages
Dimensions
130 x 198 x 16mm | 68.04g
Publication date
17 Feb 2007
Publisher
Random House USA Inc
Imprint
Vintage Books
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition statement
Reprint
ISBN10
0375725482
ISBN13
9780375725487
Bestsellers rank
288,492