The Passenger

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$30.00  $27.90
Knopf Publishing Group
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0.0 X 0.0 X 0.0 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

The novels of the American writer Cormac McCarthy have received a number of literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His works adapted to film include All the Pretty Horses, The Road, and No Country for Old Men--the latter film receiving four Academy Awards, including the award for Best Picture.


After sixteen years of characteristic seclusion, McCarthy returns with a one-two punch...The Passenger is an elegiac meditation on guilt, grief, and spirituality. Packed with textbook McCarthy hallmarks, like transgressive behaviors and cascades of ecstatic language, it's a welcome return from a legend who's been gone too long.
--Adrienne Westenfeld, Esquire

"Chilling and masterly.... His prose frequently approaches the Shakespearean, ranging from droll humor to the rapid-fire spouting of quotable fecundity. Dialogues click into place like a finely tuned engine. McCarthy has somehow added a new register to his inimitable voice. Long ensconced in the literary firmament, McCarthy further bolsters his claim for the Mount Rushmore of the literary arts."
-Booklist, starred

A beguiling, surpassingly strange novel by the renowned--and decidedly idiosyncratic--author of Blood Meridian (1982) and The Road (2006)... It's all vintage McCarthy, if less bloody than much of his work: Having logged time among scientists as a trustee at the Santa Fe Institute, he's now more interested in darting quarks than exploding heads...Plenty of his trademark themes and techniques are in evidence, from conspiracy theories...and shocking flights of beautiful language...Enigmatic, elegant, extraordinary: a welcome return after a too-long absence.
--Kirkus Reviews, starred

"A rich story of an underachieving salvage diver in 1980 New Orleans... This thriller narrative is intertwined with the story of Western's sister, Alicia... He dazzles with his descriptions of a beautifully broken New Orleans... The book's many pleasures will leave readers aching for the final installment."
--Publishers Weekly