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Spurious: A Novel (Paperback)

by Lars Iyer

The Land of Ice and Snow: On Lars Iyer's 'Wittgenstein Jr.' 2

No one’s sure whose idea it was to call the new professor Wittgenstein, but it seems somehow fitting. He is a maddening teacher. No one quite follows what he's trying to convey. But he seems, in some essential way, like the real thing.

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2014 Book Preview 19

At over 8,000 words strong and encompassing 84 titles, this is the only second-half 2014 book preview you will ever need.

Drinking at the End of the World: Lars Iyer's Exodus 5

Enduring the everyday is relatively straightforward -- just keep breathing and putting one foot in front of the other -- but how to transcend the everyday, in this world neither you nor I have made?

Most Anticipated: The Great 2013 Book Preview 57

At 7,900 words strong and encompassing 79 titles, this is the only 2013 book preview you will ever need.

Two Brits Stew: Lars Iyer's Dogma 5

This book is surreal, brainy, plotless, and arguably pointless. It is also brilliantly written and very funny, operating like a combination between Waiting for Godot and Withnail and I.

Most Anticipated: The Great 2012 Book Preview 83

At 8,400 words strong and encompassing 81 titles, this is the only 2012 book preview you will ever need.

Year in Reading: Emily St. John Mandel 2

There’s a body in the first chapter, but the real story here isn’t the crime; it’s the extent to which we’re willing to lie to ourselves, to ignore the obvious, in pursuit of happiness or companionship or love.

Mold, Gin, and the Apocalypse: Lars Iyer's Spurious 1

I feel some kinship with Lars, the narrator of Lars Iyer’s Spurious, a debut novel and a meditation on friendship, failure, the apocalypse, messianism, and mold.