Pym: A Novel

Pym: A Novel

Mat Johnson


“THE SHARPEST AND most unique tale I learn final yr . . . [Mat] Johnson’s satirical imaginative and prescient roves as freely as Kurt Vonnegut’s and is coloured with a similar type of passionate humanitarianism.”—Maud Newton, New York occasions Magazine

NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr via The Washington put up • Vanity reasonable • Houston Chronicle • The Seattle instances • Salon • National Post The A.V. Club
 
Recently canned professor of yank literature Chris Jaynes has simply made a startling discovery: the manuscript of a crude slave narrative that confirms the truth of Edgar Allan Poe’s unusual and simply novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. made up our minds to find Tsalal, the distant island of natural and utter blackness that Poe describes, Jaynes convenes an all-black team of six to stick to Pym’s path to the South Pole, armed with little however the firsthand account from which Poe derived his seafaring story, a bag of bones, and a stash of Little Debbie snack tarts. hence starts an epic trip via an not going band of adventurers less than the permafrost of Antarctica, underneath the skin of yankee background, and in the back of one among literature’s nice mysteries.
 
“Outrageously wonderful, [Pym] brilliantly re-imagines and extends Edgar Allan Poe’s enigmatic and unsettling Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. . . . half social satire, half meditation on race in the USA, half metafiction and, simply as vital, a rollicking myth event . . . equivalent to Philip Roth in its probably easy mixture of the intense, comedian and fantastic.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

“Blisteringly funny.”—Laura Miller, Salon

“Relentlessly entertaining.”—The manhattan occasions booklet Review

“Imagine Kurt Vonnegut having a lager with Ralph Ellison and Jules Verne.”—Vanity Fair

“Screamingly humorous . . . studying Pym is like starting a huge can of whoop-ass after which marveling—gleefully—at all of the mayhem that ensues.”—Houston Chronicle

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