“A tantalizing knuckleball of a book delivered with perfectly timed satirical hops and metaphysical flutters.” Time
978-0-8021-3634-3 • $15.00 • Paperback • Sep. 1999
Being There is a modern classic, one of the most popular and significant works from a writer of international stature. It is the story of Chauncey Gardiner Chance an enigmatic but distinguished man who emerges from nowhere to become an heir to the throne of a Wall Street tycoon, a presidential policy adviser, a media icon. Truly “a man without qualities,” Chance’s straightforward responses to popular concerns are heralded as visionary. But though everyone is quoting him, no one is sure what he’s really saying. And filling in the blanks in his background proves impossible. Being There is a brilliantly satiric look at the unreality of American media culture that is, if anything, more trenchant now than ever.