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Unknown: A Novel
     

Unknown: A Novel

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by Didier Van Cauwelaert, Mark Polizzotti (Translator)
 

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Martin Harris returns home after a short absence to find that his wife doesn't know him and another man is living in his house under his name. The imposter shares all of Martin's memories, experiences, and knowledge down to the last detail. Is it conspiracy? Amnesia? An elaborate hoax or his own paranoid delusion? Part moral fable, part thriller, Unknown is a

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Martin Harris returns home after a short absence to find that his wife doesn't know him and another man is living in his house under his name. The imposter shares all of Martin's memories, experiences, and knowledge down to the last detail. Is it conspiracy? Amnesia? An elaborate hoax or his own paranoid delusion? Part moral fable, part thriller, Unknown is a fast-paced tale of one man's desperate attempt to reclaim his existence-even at the cost of his own life.

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"A convincing little nightmare. A Twilight Zone-ish yarn that tests the very notion of how human identity is shaped."
-Entertainment Weekly

"Simply thrilling. Its surprising denoument works a retrospective magic."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Compelling ... The terse prose is unpretentious and the plot is full of captivating twists."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"An engaging intellectual page-turner."
-Rain Taxi

"Had Camus trained at the CIA, this is the book he would have written. A hauntingly literary espionage thriller."
-Brad Thor, author of State of the Union

"Van Cauwelaert starts with a premise that could serve a Hitchcock thriller, a Twilight Zone episode, or a heavy-going exercise in existentialism. But [he] nimbly sidesteps clichT and pretense.... The swift final scene-a breathtaking jetT-should surprise even the most jaded fan of thrillers. A little gem."
-Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780594493297
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
01/12/2011
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
730,313
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"A convincing little nightmare. A Twilight Zone-ish yarn that tests the very notion of how human identity is shaped."
-Entertainment Weekly

"Simply thrilling. Its surprising denoument works a retrospective magic."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Compelling ... The terse prose is unpretentious and the plot is full of captivating twists."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"An engaging intellectual page-turner."
-Rain Taxi

"Had Camus trained at the CIA, this is the book he would have written. A hauntingly literary espionage thriller."
-Brad Thor, author of State of the Union

"Van Cauwelaert starts with a premise that could serve a Hitchcock thriller, a Twilight Zone episode, or a heavy-going exercise in existentialism. But [he] nimbly sidesteps clichT and pretense.... The swift final scene-a breathtaking jetT-should surprise even the most jaded fan of thrillers. A little gem."
-Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Mark Polizzotti is the translator of more than thirty books from the French. His articles and reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The Nation. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Whoa! Mind bomb! Keep going!
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Watch the movie