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by Brian Evenson.
Immobility’s bleak landscape and doubting yet relentless protagonist display Brian Evenson, one of our best and bravest novelists, at his most probing and mordant. The book might almost be the product of a collaboration between the younger Samuel Beckett and the mid-career Buster Keaton. No one else in America is writing like this, and no one but he possesses Evensons ravishing, diamond-like focus. —Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of A Dark Matter.
Evenson is stunning, a postapocalyptic Dashiell Hammett, in this blistering tale. I read Immobility from cover to cover without stirring from my chair, and I imagine most readers will share that fate. —Jesse Ball, Plimpton Prize–winning author of The Curfew.
OVERVIEW: When you open your eyes, things already seem to be happening without you. You dont know who you are and you dont remember where youve been. You know the world has changed, that a catastrophe has destroyed what existed before, but you cant remember exactly what did exist before. And youre paralyzed from the waist down, apparently, but you dont remember that either.
A man claiming to be your friend tells you your services are required. Something crucial has been stolen, but what he tells you about it doesnt quite add up. Youve got to get it back or something bad is going to happen. And youve got to get it back fast, so they can freeze you again before your own time runs out.
Before you know it, youre being carried through a ruined landscape on the backs of two men in hazard suits who dont seem anything like you at all, heading toward something you dont understand that may well end up being the death of you.
Welcome to the life of Josef Horkai.
Critically acclaimed and O. Henry prize–winning author Brian Evenson turns his literary eye to a post–apocalyptic earth in this dazzling science fiction novel.
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2012 Tor Books trade paperback. New. 256 pages.