The Hundred Brothers
By Donald Antrim
(Picador, Paperback, 9780312662196, 208pp.)
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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With a New Introduction by Jonathan Franzen
There’s Rob, Bob, Tom, Paul, Ralph, and Noah; Nick, Dennis, Bertram, Russell, and Virgil. The doctor, the documentary filmmaker, and the sculptor in burning steal; the eldest, the youngest, and the celebrated “perfect” brother, Benedict. In Donald Antrim’s mordantly funny novel The Hundred Brothers, our narrator and his colossal fraternity of ninety-eight brothers (one couldn’t make it) have assembled in the crumbling library of their family’s estate for a little sinister fun. Executed with the invention and intelligence of Barthelme and Pynchon, Antrim’s taxonomy of male specimens is in equal proportions disturbing and absurdly hilarious.
Donald Antrim is the critically acclaimed author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist, as well The Afterlife, a memoir about his mother. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, he has also been the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Public Library. He lives in New York City.
“A fiercely intelligent writer . . . This is a bravura nightmare.”—The New York Times
“The author’s surreal vision is both imaginative and wholly his own . . . A striking literary discovery.”—The Boston Globe
“Elegant, outrageously imagined, comic . . . Antrim exaggerates his narrator into hilarious existence.”—The New Yorker
“A fantasy that capers between atavistic ritual and inspired slapstick.”—Time