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Series: New York Review Books
Pages: 288
Publication Date: May 9, 2017

Typewriters, Bombs, JellyfishEssays

by Tom McCarthy

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Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish is Tom McCarthy’s own selection of the best of the essays he has published over more than a decade in such places as The Believer and the London Review of Books. It includes essays on writers, of course (Laurence Sterne, Franz Kafka, James Joyce, and Kathy Acker among them), but also on Gerhard Richter, David Lynch, and Sonic Youth—and all of them are written with the same stylish and provocative flare that made McCarthy’s Remainder such a hit. This is an indispensable introduction to the mind and work of one of today’s most brilliant and controversial novelists. tom mccarthy


McCarthy’s fiction and nonfiction aim to skewer an ideology of authenticity that is fed and watered by a certain humanist conception of literature.
—Simon Critchley

McCarthy’s crisp, clean prose is stimulating, his concepts original and his visual imagery powerful.
—Layla Sanai, The Independent