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Glyph

A Novel
Percival Everett
Baby Ralph has ways to pass the time in his crib—but they don’t include staring at a mobile. Aided by his mother, he reads voraciously: “All of Swift, all of Sterne, Invisible Man, Baldwin, Joyce, Balzac, Auden, Roethke,” along with a generous helping of philosophy, semiotics, and trashy thrillers. He’s also fond of writing poems and stories (in crayon). But Ralph has limits. He’s mute by choice and can’t drive, so in his own estimation he’s not a genius. Unfortunately for him, everyone else disagrees. His psychiatrist kidnaps him for testing, and once his brilliance is quantified (IQ: 475), a Pentagon officer also abducts him. Diabolically funny and lacerating in its critique of poststructuralism, Glyph has the feverish plot of a thriller and the philosophical depth of a text by Roland Barthes.

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ISBN
978-1-55597-667-5
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
Subject
Pages
216
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
In paperback for the first time, the much-beloved satirical novel the New York Times praised as “both a treatise and a romp”

About the Author

Percival  Everett
Percival Everett is the author of nearly thirty books, including So Much Blue, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, Erasure, and I Am Not Sidney Poitier. He has received the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Praise

  • “A mischievous and very funny satire on poststructuralist thought and literary ‘theory.’ . . . Sarcastic, gleeful, irrepressibly energetic.”The Guardian
  • “Grabbing academia where it hurts the most, by its swollen, unintelligible poststructuralist theories, the prolific Everett uses a most unlikely foil: a genius baby. . . . A smart, rollicking sendup.”—Kirkus Reviews
  • “I suspect it will be some months before I have to stop saying that Glyph is the smartest and funniest novel I’ve read this century.”—LA Weekly
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