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5.5 X 0.5 X 8.2 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Paul Kingsnorth is the author of The Wake and Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist. He is cofounder of the Dark Mountain Project, a global network of writers, artists, and thinkers in search of new stories for a world on the brink.


"Beast cements Kingsnorth's reputation as a furiously gifted writer. . . . Like the huge creature that haunts its pages, Beast has an uncanny power. . . . With its echoes of Kafka and of dread-filled, myth-driven tales like John Gardner's Grendel, Kingsnorth's Beast is as cryptic as it is thrilling."--The Washington Post

"Wild and spectacular."--The Boston Globe

"[Written] with unnerving smoothness and lyricism. . . . Defining modernist characters such as Samuel Beckett's The Unnameable, the chattering brain in a vat, and the self-limning mind of James Joyce's wanderer Leopold Bloom figure as literary relations of Kingsnorth's Buckmaster. . . . Beast is a cautionary fable for everyone who might hope to evade our current historical impasse by sheer bad faith or by extremes of primitivism, self-seeking or abstraction. It leads readers away from optimism and realism alike, deeper into a new scrutiny of the stories by which we try to make our way."--San Francisco Chronicle

"On its own, [Beast] is a taut, thrilling and mystifying narrative. Taken in tandem with The Wake, it forms a powerful meditation onviolence, society and the nature of exile. Kingsnorth's novel is relentless and philosophical, and this uneasy pairing gives it anabundance of raw power."--Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"Both The Wake and Beast are fine novels whose challenging prose is counterbalanced by striking, archetypal imagery, rich characterization, and solid storytelling."--Slate

"Kingsnorth's writing can be taken as a hopeful message from collective human history about persisting amid a semi-permanent state of catastrophe. . . . What Beast proffers is access to the minds and emotional lives of characters who endure."--The Atlantic

"Kingsnorth is becoming an existential David Mitchell: a versatile weaver of the seemingly unconnected into a tapestry realer than reality."--Vulture

"Engrossing and impressive."--BOMB Magazine

"Spare and intense. . . . Kingsnorth searches beyond current civilization to ask how we might live instead. He doesn't have answers, and his anguish is haunting."--Shelf Awareness

"[Beast] is the sort of novel that sinks in deep, making a home for itself in your psyche."--Washington Independent Review of Books

"The true enjoyment in the book the author's beat-by-beat recollection of Buckmaster's slow, steady, extremely intense decline into another state of being. . . . Buckmaster's downward spiral is dense and taxing, rife with wild leaps of emotion Kingsnorth is laudably able to pass directly on to the reader."--The East Bay Review

"A tour de force, reminiscent of the best of John Fowles and David Mitchell."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Daunting but rewarding, this dazzling work will burnish Kingsnorth's already luminous reputation."--Booklist, starred review

"To read Beast is a joy. . . . Kingsnorth's gaze is so intense it forces a similar intensity from the reader. . . . In the end, your gaze has become as minutely focused as his hermit's. You feel alive."--The Guardian (UK)

"Slim, hypnotic, a swift descent into the solitary world of -Edward Buckmaster."--New Statesman (UK)