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Inhaltsangabe: This fearlessly funny, outrageously inventive dark comedy about two lifelong friends is a delightful literary novel extraordinarily imaginative ("Psychology Today") from Man Booker Prize finalist Steve Toltz for fans of Dave Eggers, Martin Amis, and David Foster Wallace.
Liam is a struggling writer and a failing cop. Aldo, his best friend and muse, is a haplessly criminal entrepreneur with an uncanny knack for disaster. As Aldo s luck worsens, Liam is inspired to base his next book on his best friend s exponential misfortunes and hopeless quest to win back his one great love: his ex-wife, Stella. What begins as an attempt to make sense of Aldo s mishaps spirals into a profound story of faith and friendship.
Steve Toltz channels a poet s delight in crafting the perfect phrase on every highly quotable page ("Publishers Weekly"). With the same originality, brilliance, and buoyancy that catapulted his first novel, "A Fraction of the Whole," onto prize lists around the world, Toltz has created a rousing, hysterically funny but unapologetically dark satire about love, faith, friendship, and the artist s obligation to his muse. "Quicksand" is a subversive portrait of twenty-first-century society in all its hypocrisy and absurdity that confounds and astonishes in equal measure, often on the same page A tour de force ("Australian Book Review")."

Rezension: ADVANCE PRAISE FOR "QUICKSAND"
"Steve Toltz writes with a singular, propulsive energy, with sentences and characters that rise off the page with a force that leaves you almost breathless. There is more heart, and joy and compassion and hard-earned wisdom in Quicksand than seems possible for a single novel; it is life, literature at its fullest. --Dinaw Mengestu, award-winning author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and All Our Names"

"Steve Toltz possesses an imagination that knows no limits. His work is mordant, prophetic and very funny. He is a true original."--Patrick McGrath

There are more lines of genius on one page of "Quicksand "than in the entirety of many very respectable novels. --Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed"

"Steve Toltz's "Quicksand"--narrated by Aldo and Liam, two epic Aussie screw-ups and lifelong best friends is one of the smartest, funniest, angriest novels I have ever read. But it's also a surprisingly touching meditation on friendship and family, on art and God, on law-breaking and law enforcement A brilliant piece of fiction, from a novelist who so clearly sees the outsized pleasures and terrors of our troubled time. "--Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writer's Homes in New England and The Happiest People in the World"

""Quicksand" crackles with such intensity it made me turn the pages with a harder snap, lean closer, want to gnaw the words. This is a novel of sneak-attack seriousness, so funny it fools you into letting down your guard then knocks you upside the head with intense intelligence, probing thought, raw pain. For all the wit and wisdom in this book, all the pleasures contained in its raucous, furious, fearless pursuit of truths, the greatest thrill comes when it strikes you that you ve never read anything quite like it before, that you just might have stumbled startlingly, unsettlingly on something close to genius in the writing of Steve Toltz."--Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea"

What would happen if some genius were able to unite the high-wattage storytelling exuberance of Kurt Vonnegut, the combustive glee of Walt Whitman, and the reality-smashing despair of Franz Kafka? Impossibly, Steve Toltz has done just that, turning out a new masterpiece that is at once an old-fashioned page-turner, a tragicomic lament for the digital age, and an aching howl at the intractable existential dilemmas of our poor species. Quicksand is the sort of book that refuses to sleep between its covers on your nightstand; it is its own blazing, intricate, hysterically surreal universe, big and brilliant enough to swallow your own. --Stefan Merrill Block, bestselling author of The Story of Forgetting and The Storm at the Door"

There are more lines of genius on one page of Quicksand than in the entirety of many very respectable novels. --Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed"

"Steve Toltz is a verbal magician and lunatic storyteller. Every page of this novel bursts with ideas and humor and pathos and incisive riffs that perfectly express the grand absurdities of the irrational universe, along with the smaller ones of a very particular friendship. Quicksand is the work of a writer in full command of his many outsized gifts, not least of which is his humanity."--Teddy Wayne, Whiting Award-winning author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

The energy, the hairpin turns, the narrative crashes, the stomach churning ascents and trashed taboos: what a joy to surrender oneself to a writer of such prodigious talent. --Peter Carey, Booker Prize-winning author of Amnesia"

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR QUICKSAND
"Steve Toltz writes with a singular, propulsive energy, with sentences and characters that rise off the page with a force that leaves you almost breathless. There is more heart, and joy and compassion and hard-earned wisdom in Quicksand than seems possible for a single novel; it is life, literature at its fullest."--Dinaw Mengestu, award-winning author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and All Our Names

"What would happen if some genius were able to unite the high-wattage storytelling exuberance of Kurt Vonnegut, the combustive glee of Walt Whitman, and the reality-smashing despair of Franz Kafka? Impossibly, Steve Toltz has done just that, turning out a new masterpiece that is at once an old-fashioned page-turner, a tragicomic lament for the digital age, and an aching howl at the intractable existential dilemmas of our poor species. Quicksand is the sort of book that refuses to sleep between its covers on your nightstand; it is its own blazing, intricate, hysterically surreal universe, big and brilliant enough to swallow your own."--Stefan Merrill Block, bestselling author of The Story of Forgetting and The Storm at the Door

"There are more lines of genius on one page of Quicksand than in the entirety of many very respectable novels."--Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed

"Steve Toltz's Quicksand--narrated by Aldo and Liam, two epic Aussie screw-ups and lifelong best friends--is one of the smartest, funniest, angriest novels I have ever read. But it's also a surprisingly touching meditation on friendship and family, on art and God, on law-breaking and law enforcement...A brilliant piece of fiction, from a novelist who so clearly sees the outsized pleasures and terrors of our troubled time. "--Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writer's Homes in New England and The Happiest People in the World

"Quicksand crackles with such intensity it made me turn the pages with a harder snap, lean closer, want to gnaw the words. This is a novel of sneak-attack seriousness, so funny it fools you into letting down your guard--then knocks you upside the head with intense intelligence, probing thought, raw pain. For all the wit and wisdom in this book, all the pleasures contained in its raucous, furious, fearless pursuit of truths, the greatest thrill comes when it strikes you that you've never read anything quite like it before, that you just might have stumbled--startlingly, unsettlingly--on something close to genius in the writing of Steve Toltz."--Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea

"The energy, the hairpin turns, the narrative crashes, the stomach churning ascents and trashed taboos: what a joy to surrender oneself to a writer of such prodigious talent." --Peter Carey, Booker Prize-winning author of Amnesia

"Aldo Benjamin, the novel's hero, is a modern-day Job who endures terrible things: beatings, catastrophic injuries, prison rape, multiple bankruptcies. Trust me, it's very funny... every page has zingers that you'll want to read to other people. Steve Toltz is touched by comic genius. . . .For risque humour and razor-sharp with, look no further...Think John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces."--Robbie Millen, The Sunday Times Summer Reading Choices

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