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The Raw Shark Texts is so much more than a clever, playful book, though it is both those things. Steven Hall has worked hard to build on the work of his intellectual ancestors. . . . Paul Auster, Philip K. Dick, Haruki Murakami, Steve Erickson, Ursula K. Le Guin — to say nothing of Beckett and Borges and Kafka. . . . His writing, description as well as dialogue, is sharp and clear, which is extremely important when you are writing on the edge of the form.” —Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
The Raw Shark Texts
A Novel
By Steven Hall
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978-1-84767-174-5 • $16.00 • Paperback • Apr. 2008
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A national best seller, The Raw Shark Texts was described by The New York Times Magazine as indicative of an exciting emerging literary genre and the San Francisco Chronicle raved that it’s “paced like a thriller . . . and reads like a deluge.”

Steven Hall’s kaleidoscopic best-selling debut novel, The Raw Shark Texts, burst upon the literary scene gathering media attention, bookseller praise, critical accolades, and a following all over the world (rights were sold in thirty-two countries, to be exact). It has also gathered steam in the online world where it remains a topic of great passion and debate in the blogosphere and on sites such as Chuck Palahniuk’s fansite “The Cult” and Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves forum.

Eric Sanderson wakes up in a place he doesn’t recognize, unable to remember who he is. All he has left are journal entries recalling Clio, a perfect love who died under mysterious circumstances, and a house that may contain the secrets to Eric’s prior life.

Along with his cynical cat, Ian, Eric embarks on a thrilling, mind-bending journey in search of something called the Ludovician, an unexplainable force that threatens to consume him. With the help of allies found on the fringes of society, Eric’s climactic fight for survival makes for edge-of-your-seat fiction. The novel continues to reverberate with readers around the globe.

The New York Times Magazine placed Hall alongside novelist Joe Hill as a founder of the emerging “slipstream” genre, a unique combination “of science fiction, horror, fantasy, mystery, and realism” and called the novel “a horrordystopic- philosophical mash-up that has critics drawing comparisons to Borges, The Matrix and Jaws.” And the Los Angeles Times named Philip K. Dick, Paul Auster, and Haruki Murakami among Hall’s literary ancestors, adding that his writing “is sharp and clear, which is extremely important when you are writing on the edge of the form.”

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