The Secret History of Las Vegas

Chris Abani (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$17.00
Publisher
Penguin Group
Publish Date
January 07, 2014
Pages
319
Dimensions
5.0 X 7.7 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780143124955

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About the Author

Chris Abani is the acclaimed author of GraceLand and The Virgin of Flames. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Hemingway/PEN Prize, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the Hurston Wright Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. Born in Nigeria, he is currently a Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago.

Reviews

Praise for The Secret History of Las Vegas:

"[A]n unsettling and complex entanglement of outsiders, freak shows, secret government experiments into mental illness, racism, sexual exploitation and fighting dwarfs....What lifts the novel is its energy, the audacity of Abani's imagination, and most all the breadth of vision."--The New York Times Book Review

"The Secret History of Las Vegas is not your standard crime novel....It's Tony Hillerman as filtered through J. M. Coetzee, a moving, strange and savagely funny book."--Los Angeles Times

"The Secret History of Las Vegas brings an admirably global perspective to the crime novel. Every noir needs a victim of circumstance, but here the circumstances are the military-industrial complex and state-sponsored racism."--The Washington Post

"Abani's latest is not an ordinary crime novel....Everyone is fucked."--The New Inquiry

"An intricate braid of story strands, enriched by vivid descriptions, intriguingly dysfunctional characters, and abundant metaphors. Expect the unexpected."--Booklist

"Lambent prose lifts this offbeat crime novel from PEN/Hemingway Award-winner [Chris] Abani."--Publishers Weekly

"[I]n this grim but beautifully written tale...Abani creates vivid metaphors not just with his characters, but also with a drowned town emerging from the waters of Lake mead, a ghost town that hosts the Carnival of Losr Souls, and the city of Las Vegas, which celebrates the dark, the hidden and the grotesque."--Kirkus (starred review)

"[A] psychological, literary thrill ride with a little noir sprinkled in to keep readers from going over the edge. Abani reveals the dark sides of all his characters while at the same time painting them in a sympathetic light, resulting in a beautifully written examination of the human condition--and the depths we will go to justify our actions."--The Gazette

Praise for Chris Abani:

"Chris Abani might be the most courageous writer working right now. There is no subject matter he finds daunting, no challenge he fears. Aside from that, he's stunningly prolific and writes like an angel. If you want to get at the molten heart of contemporary fiction, Abani is the starting point."--Dave Eggers, author of The Circle

"Abani is a force to be reckoned with, a world-class novelist and poet."--Russell Banks, author of Lost Memory of Skin

"Abani has the energy, ambition and compassion to create a novel that delineates and illuminates a complicated, dynamic, deeply fractured society."--Los Angeles Times

"Ambitious...[GranceLand is] a kind of small miracle."--John Freeman, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"[The Secret History of Las Vegas] is An intricate braid of story strands, enriched by vivid descriptions, intriguingly dysfunctional characters, and abundant metaphors. Expect the unexpected."--Booklist

"[I]n this grim but beautifully written tale...Abani creates vivid metaphors not just with his characters, but also with a drowned town emerging from the waters of Lake mead, a ghost town that hosts the Carnival of Losr Souls, and the city of Las Vegas, which celebrates the dark, the hidden and the grotesque."--Kirkus (starred review)