Sudden Death: A Novel - Used
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Sudden Death: A Novel - Used

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Author: Enrigue, Álvaro

Brand: Riverhead Books

Color: Green

Edition: Reprint

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  • RIVERHEAD

Number Of Pages: 272

Release Date: 07-02-2017

Details: Product Description "Splendid" —New York Times"Mind-bending." —Wall Street Journal"Brilliantly original. The best new novel I've read this year." —Salman RushdieA daring, kaleidoscopic novel about the clash of empires and ideas, told through a tennis match in the sixteenth century between the radical Italian artist Caravaggio and the Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo, played with a ball made from the hair of the beheaded Anne Boleyn. The poet and the artist battle it out in Rome before a crowd that includes Galileo, a Mary Magdalene, and a generation of popes who would throw the world into flames. In England, Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII execute Anne Boleyn, and her crafty executioner transforms her legendary locks into those most-sought-after tennis balls. Across the ocean in Mexico, the last Aztec emperors play their own games, as the conquistador Hernán Cortés and his Mayan translator and lover, La Malinche, scheme and conquer, fight and f**k, not knowing that their domestic comedy will change the course of history. In a remote Mexican colony a bishop reads Thomas More’s Utopia and thinks that it’s a manual instead of a parody. And in today’s New York City, a man searches for answers to impossible questions, for a book that is both an archive and an oracle. Álvaro Enrigue’s mind-bending story features assassinations and executions, hallucinogenic mushrooms, bawdy criminals, carnal liaisons and papal schemes, artistic and religious revolutions, love and war. A blazingly original voice and a postmodern visionary, Enrigue tells the grand adventure of the dawn of the modern era, breaking down traditions and upending expectations, in this bold, powerful gut-punch of a novel. Game, set, match. “ Sudden Death is the best kind of puzzle, its elements so esoteric and wildly funny that readers will race through the book, wondering how Álvaro Enrigue will be able to pull a novel out of such an astonishing ball of string.  But Enrigue absolutely does; and with brilliance and clarity and emotional warmth all the more powerful for its surreptitiousness.”  — Lauren Groff,  New York Times-bestselling author of  Fates and Furies "Engrossing... rich with Latin and European history."  —The New Yorker "[A] bawdy, often profane, sprawling, ambitious book that is as engaging as it is challenging.”  —Vogue Review “Brainspinning.” — Marlon James, Booker Prize-winning author of A  Brief History of Seven Killings "[A] novel without boundaries." — O, the Oprah Magazine "Brilliantly original. The best new novel I've read this year." — Salman Rushdie "[A] bawdy, often profane, sprawling, ambitious book that is as engaging as it is challenging.” — Vogue “ Sudden Death is the best kind of puzzle, its elements so esoteric and wildly funny that readers will race through the book, wondering how Álvaro Enrigue will be able to pull a novel out of such an astonishing ball of string. But Enrigue absolutely does; and with brilliance and clarity and emotional warmth all the more powerful for its surreptitiousness.”  — Lauren Groff,  New York Times-bestselling author of  Fates and Furies "Mind-bending." — Wall Street Journal "Engrossing... rich with history." — The New Yorker "Writing with his customary intensity about his favorite sport, David Foster Wallace described tennis as 'chess on the run, beautiful and infinitely dense.' In his droll and erudite new novel, Sudden Death, Álvaro Enrigue provides his own distinct take on that chess-on-the-run notion and elevates it to an even more exalted level... [G]lorious... [H]is approach has both great entertainment value and intellectual appeal... Splendid." —Larry Rohter, New York Times "Here is a novel that does full justice to the phrase 'cutting edge': In the manner of its protagonist, Caravaggio,  Sudden Death is at once formally audacious and piercingly  humane." – Garth Risk Hallberg, New York Times bestselling author of City on Fire "What makes the novel so enthralling is the intimate hu

EAN: 9780735213449

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedVeryGood