The Hundred Brothers

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The Hundred Brothers

By Donald Antrim; Jonathan Franzen (Introduction by)

Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312662196, 188pp.

Publication Date: June 21, 2011

Description

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.



About the Author
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.

JONATHAN FRANZEN is the author of four novels, The Twenty-Seventh City, Strong Motion, The Corrections (winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction) and the #1 international bestseller Freedom; two collections of essays, How to Be Alone and Farther Away; and a personal history, The Discomfort Zone. In 2010, TIME magazine named him the Great American Novelist. Franzen lives in New York City, New York, and Santa Cruz, California.


Praise For The Hundred Brothers

“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