Alexander Bruno is a man with expensive problems. Sporting a tuxedo and trotting the globe, he has spent his adult life as a professional gambler. His particular line of work: backgammon, at which he extracts large sums of money from men who think they can challenge his peerless acumen. In Singapore, his luck turned.
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Alexander Bruno is a man with expensive problems. Sporting a tuxedo and trotting the globe, he has spent his adult life as a professional gambler. His particular line of work- backgammon, at which he extracts large sums of money from men who think they can challenge his peerless acumen. In Singapore, his luck turned.
Maybe it had something to do with the Blot - a black spot which has emerged to distort Bruno's vision. It's not showing any signs of going away. As Bruno extends his losing streak in Berlin, it becomes clinically clear that the Blot is the symptom of something terrible. There's a surgeon who can help, but surgery is going to involve a lot of money, and worse- returning home to the garish, hash-smoke streets of Berkeley, California. Here, the unseemly Keith Stolarsky - a childhood friend in possession of an empire of themed burger bars and thrift stores - is king. And he's willing to help Bruno out. But there was always going to be a price.
Jonathan Lethem is the New York Times-bestselling author of nine novels, including Dissident Gardens, The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn. A recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Lethem has also published his stories and essays in the New Yorker, Harper's, Rolling Stone, Esquire and the New York Times, among others.
"A return to form, absurd and digressive in a way that makes clear Lethem's debt to Thomas Pynchon." -- Alex Preston Observer, 2017 Books of the Year "Lethem can turn a sentence like few others." -- Daniel Swift The Spectator "The Blot does not disappoint. It sets a high bar for 2017's fiction... There are moments of genuine, inexplicable tenderness as well as the sarcasm, venality and schadenfreude that swirl around the book... It also shows... that the genre best equipped to speak truthfully about the world we are in is not a flat-footed and sententious realism, but un-realism." -- Stuart Kelly Scotland on Sunday "Lethem's phrasemaking is as vivid and funny as ever." Daily Telegraph "Lethem is a renowned stylist who turns out funny, exuberant, surprising sentences, and who has a deep love of genre fiction." -- Paul Laity Guardian
"A return to form, absurd and digressive in a way that makes clear Lethem's debt to Thomas Pynchon"
A surreal and brilliant novel, set in a Pynchonesque California
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