By Joshua Cohen
"More extraordinary than all yet a number of novels released up to now this decade . . . a wheeling meditation at the stressed existence, on privateness, on what being human within the age of binary code may suggest . . . [Joshua] Cohen, all of thirty-four, emerges as a tremendous American writer."--The ny Times
A huge, uproarious, and exuberant novel concerning the search--for love, fact, and the that means of lifestyles With The Internet.
The enigmatic billionaire founding father of Tetration, the world's strongest tech corporation, hires a failed novelist, Josh Cohen, to ghostwrite his memoirs. The multi-millionaire, referred to as significant, brings Josh in the back of the electronic veil, tracing the increase of Tetration, which begun within the earliest days of the web by way of revolutionizing the hunt engine prior to venturing into smartphones, desktops, and the surveillance of americans. central takes Josh on a mind-bending international travel from Palo Alto to Dubai and past, beginning him into the key pretext of the autobiography undertaking and the life-or-death stakes that encompass its publication.
Insider tech exposé, leaked memoir-in-progress, foreign mystery, relatives drama, intercourse comedy, and biblical allegory, Book of Numbers renders the complete variety of contemporary event either on-line and stale. Embodying the net in its language, it reveals the humanity underlying the virtual.
that includes essentially the most unforgettable characters in modern fiction, Book of Numbers is an epic of the electronic age, a triumph of a brand new new release of writers, and a kind of infrequent books that renew the belief of what a singular can do.
Please observe that Book of Numbers makes use of a different pagination approach encouraged by way of binary notation: the half quantity precedes the web page quantity, and is separated from it through a decimal point.
Praise for Book of Numbers
"The nice American web Novel is the following. . . . Book of Numbers is an engaging examine the darkish center of the internet . . . a web page turner approximately existence below the veil of electronic surveillance . . . the best novels ever written in regards to the Internet."--Rolling Stone
"A highly formidable novel set within the high-tech global of now. it's a verbal high-wire act, bold in its tones and textures: shrewdpermanent, poetic, fast-moving, deeply playful, packed with jokes, savvy approximately machines, clever approximately humans, amazing and engrossing."--Colm Tóibín, The dad or mum (U.K.)
"Like Pynchon and Wallace, Cohen can write with tireless virtuosity approximately completely every thing. . . . If John Henry goes to compete with the steam engine, he wishes a nearly superhuman power and intelligence of his own--and if any author has it, it's Joshua Cohen."--Tablet
"A startlingly proficient novelist . . . [His] deeply profitable novel is set a web faith long past wrong--and its value lies within the undeniable fact that the majority of us within the modernized international are individuals of that religion, no matter if we all know it or not."--The Wall road Journal
"A digital-age Ulysses."--The big apple occasions publication Review
"The subsequent candidate for the nice American Novel . . . David Foster Wallace--level audacious."--Details
"A outstanding book."--The Boston Globe
"Frequently hilarious excessive satire of our electronic global . . . a booklet after William Gaddis's middle that might be round good after so much summer season reads were recycled (or deleted)."--New York
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Book of Numbers: A Novel by Joshua Cohen