New PDF release: A Hologram for the King

By Dave Eggers

In a emerging Saudi Arabian urban, faraway from weary, recession-scarred the USA, a suffering businessman pursues a last-ditch try to stave off foreclosures, pay his daughter’s collage institution, and at last do anything nice. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us world wide to teach how one guy fights to carry himself and his splintering kinfolk jointly within the face of the worldwide economy’s gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a robust evocation of our modern second — and a relocating tale of ways we came.

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Dashing from one end of his apartment to lhe other, Berek howled and raged. He tore up the letter, spat on it, and flung it into the garbage. One day, he learned from the chief of a television channel that a woman producer wanted to do a profile of him. With irritation, he then remembered the ironical remark about his interest in strutting on television, for the producer who wanted to film him was the bird of night berself, hnmaculata in person I A vexing sitnation: in principle, he considered the proposal to do a film on him an exceUent thing because he had always boped to transform his life into a work of art; but until that moment it had never occurred to him that such a work could be a comedy I With that danger suddeuly revealed, he determined to keep Immaculata as far away as possible from his life and begged the chief (who was thoroughly astounded by his modesty) to put off the project, as it was premature for someone so young and unimportant as himself.

All it will talre is a phrase, a commonplace of the sort available by the dozen in the 32 age-old art of conversation. But tllrough some unexpected concatenation, some tmforeseeable failw'e of inspiration, she cannot think of a single one. She is like an actor who suddenly forgets his script. For, indeed, she does have to know the script; it's not like nowadays, when a girl can say, "You want to, Twant to, let's not waste time! " For these two, such [rankness still lies beyond a barrier they cannot breach, despite all their libertine convictions.

8 StiU, the next day, he teUs him reproachfully: "Pontevin, you're not only the great theoreticiao of daocers, you're a great dancer yourself. " Pontevin (a little abashed): "You're confusing concepts," Vincent: "When we're together, you and I, and someone jOins us, the place we're in suddenly splits in two, the newcomer and I are down in the audience, aod you, you 're daocing up there on the stage. " Pontevin: "1 teU you, you're getting the concepts confused. The term 'dancer' applies exclusively to exhibitionists in puhlic life.

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