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The Resource Hystopia : a novel, David Means

Hystopia : a novel, David Means

Label
Hystopia : a novel
Title
Hystopia
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
David Means
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "By the early 1970s, President John F. Kennedy has survived several assassination attempts and--martyred, heroic--is now in his third term. Twenty-two-year-old Eugene Allen returns home from his tour of duty in Vietnam and begins to write a war novel--a book echoing Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse-Five--about veterans who have their battlefield experiences "enfolded," wiped from their memories through drugs and therapy. In Eugene's fictive universe, veterans too damaged to be enfolded stalk the American heartland, reenacting atrocities on civilians and evading the Psych Corps, a federal agency dedicated to upholding the mental hygiene of the nation by any means necessary. This alternative America, in which a veteran tries to reimagine a damaged world, is the subject of Hystopia, the long-awaited first novel by David Means. The critic James Wood has written that Means's language "offers an exquisitely precise and sensuous register of an often crazy American reality." Means brings this talent to bear on the national trauma of the Vietnam era in a work that is outlandish, ruefully funny, and shockingly violent. Written in conversation with some of the greatest war narratives from the Iliad to the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," Hystopia is a unique and visionary novel"--
  • "A visionary first novel taking place in an alternate version of Vietnam-War-era America"--
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Label
Hystopia : a novel, David Means
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/135/9780865479135/image/lgcover.9780865479135.jpg
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn908176267
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages
Isbn
9780865479135
Lccn
2015035421
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)908176267
Label
Hystopia : a novel, David Means
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/135/9780865479135/image/lgcover.9780865479135.jpg
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn908176267
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages
Isbn
9780865479135
Lccn
2015035421
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)908176267

Library Locations

    • Niagara Falls Public LibraryBorrow it
      1425 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY, 14305, US
      43.1021933 -79.0520196
    • North Tonawanda Public LibraryBorrow it
      505 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda, NY, 14120, US
      43.0515649 -78.867616
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