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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (26 May 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571330118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571330119
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hystopia is a thrilling novel - daring, immensely readable and also unexpectedly funny. David Means is that lucky (and brilliant) writer: a man in full possession of a vision. (Richard Ford)

Brilliant. Nothing but. Hystopia goes straight to the heart of the American darkness, that most strange and twisted place where our wars, those perfect storms of high-tech mayhem and idiot blunder, cohabit with what we love to advertise as our virtue, our freedoms, our God-blessed mission to save the world. David Means's extraordinary book bends history-to paraphrase one of the novel's characters-no less violently than we've bent ourselves with our non-stop warmaking of the past fifty years. (Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk)

Brilliant . . . the writing is beautiful and exuberant, moving and funny, and always one step ahead. The descriptions of getting stoned are as vivid as the landscapes. Means's characters live in a state of constant sensory attention that keeps them always attuned to the texture of tar, the smell of lakes and trees, the taste of carbon (Christine Smallwood Harper's)

A riveting, hypnotic dystopia of Vietnam combat veterans during the (fictional) second JFK administration. Amazing writing-not for the faint of heart. Nuggets of beauty glowing in a pan of pain. (Jonathan Shay, author of Achilles in Vietnam and Odysseus in America)

Means' work is precise, relentless, unsentimental, an art of missed opportunities and missed connections, tracing, more than anything, the inevitability of loss. These same themes mark his first novel but in a manner we haven't seen before. It's not just the difference between long and short, although one of the pleasures of this dark and complex work is to see Means stretch out. Even more, however, it's the novel's manic energy, its mix of realism and satire... this is not a traditional narrative. Rather, it offers a mélange of reference points-Starkweather, John Kennedy Toole (the novel is constructed as a book within a book, written by a suicide), and even, with its editor's notes and contextual material, Nabokov-set in a world that has unraveled in its own apocalyptic way... Means' first novel is a compelling portrait of an imagined counterhistory that feels entirely real. (Kirkus Review (starred review))

Means delivers his long-anticipated debut novel, a compelling, imaginative alternative-history tale about memory and distress... By turns disturbing, hilarious, and absurd, Means' novel is also sharply penetrating in its depiction of an America all too willing to bury its past. (Booklist (starred review))

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Unique, deeply personal and visionary, an extraordinary work of fiction, written in conversation with some of the greatest war narratives, from The Iliad to the Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter'.

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