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by Lars Iyer
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.
At over 8,000 words strong and encompassing 84 titles, this is the only second-half 2014 book preview you will ever need.
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?
At 7,900 words strong and encompassing 79 titles, this is the only 2013 book preview you will ever need.
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.
At 8,400 words strong and encompassing 81 titles, this is the only 2012 book preview you will ever need.
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.
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.