Author: Dave Eggers
Length: 566 pages
Size: 12”x15” (newsprint)
Wallace has fallen into the seventh circle of Dante’s Inferno for having committed suicide, but Eggers has dropped a heavenly chainsaw to aid in his blood-soaked escape. Can Wallace saw his way through to the Limbo of virtuous heathens?
Author: Anthony Trollope
Length: 342 pages
Publisher: Hemlock Press
On the most convenient and agreeable death of one Sir Randolph Upton, this tome uses dark humour to send up contemporary Victorian mores and customs. Comparable to a 19th century Weekend at Bernies. Caution: graphic necrophilia.
Author: Barry Hughart
Length: 156 pages
Publisher: Subterranean Press
A departure to a female voice in Hughart’s chinoiserie novels, this book charts the past and present loves of a Chinese immortal, and whether she deserves eternal happiness, if it can be achieved at all. Look for a cameo by Master Li and Number Ten Ox!
Author: A Beached Whale (trans. Dave Lenski)
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Length: 113 pages / 124 minutes
This book is actually the interpretation of a whale’s dying calls as it lay on a Long Island beach with an obstructed blowhole. Incorporated into the book’s spine is an audio recording of the actual whale-song, while the text of the book itself is the exhaustive, heart-wrenching, largely repetitive interpretation into English.