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The End of the World Book: A Novel
by Alistair McCartney
University of Wisconsin Press, 2008
eISBN: 978-0-299-22633-6 | Cloth: 978-0-299-22630-5
Library of Congress Classification PS3613.C3565E53 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.6


This is no ordinary novel. An encyclopedia of memory—from A to Z—The End of the World Book deftly intertwines fiction, memoir, and cultural history, reimagining the story of the world and one man’s life as they both hurtle toward a frightening future. Alistair McCartney’s alphabetical guide to the apocalypse layers images like a prose poem, building from Aristotle to da Vinci, hip-hop to lederhosen, plagues to zippers, while barreling from antiquity to the present.
    In this profound book about mortality, McCartney composes an irreverent archive of philosophical obsessions and homoerotic fixations, demonstrating the difficulty of separating what is real from what is imagined.

Finalist, Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, The Publishing Triangle

Finalist, PEN USA Literary Award for Fiction

The most significant art form of the decade known as the 1970s was undoubtedly macrame, that coarse lacework produced by weaving cords into a pattern. However, some contest this, and argue that, on the contrary, mime was the greatest cultural achievement of the decade: mime, that subtle art form in which people with white pancake makeup on their faces, with black markings on their lips and around their eyes, dressed in overalls and horizontally striped T-shirts, brilliantly expressed something, anything, by virtue of movement and facial expression alone, that is to say, mutely, as if their tongues had been cut out of their heads. Although I admire mime . . . I still believe macrame is the higher and purer art form.

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