Maxwell's Demon (Hardcover)

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"From the author of The Raw Shark Texts comes a book written around and about a physics thought experiment called Maxwell’s Demon. There is also a literal leitmotif (text in leaf shape) of myth, belief, and the hero’s journey.  All of this revolves around the story of Thomas Quinn who is waiting for his wife to return from a research trip.  When he gets a phone message that seems to be from his dead father the adventure begins.  This book will draw you into the theory of Maxwell’s Demon and keep you guessing until the end."--Reviewed by Percy


Fourteen years after the monumental publication of the international bestseller The Raw Shark Texts, Maxwell's Demon heralds the triumphant return of Granta Best Young British Novelist Steven Hall

Thomas Quinn is having a hard time. A failed novelist, he's stuck writing short stories and audio scripts for other people's characters. His wife, Imogen, is working on a remote island halfway around the world, and talking to her over the webcam isn't the same. The bills are piling up, the dirty dishes are stacking in the sink, and the whole world seems to be hurtling towards entropic collapse. Then he gets a voicemail from his father, who has been dead for seven years.

Thomas's relationship with Stanley Quinn--a world-famous writer and erstwhile absent father--was always shaky, not least because Stanley always seemed to prefer his enigmatic assistant and prot g Andrew Black to his own son. Yet after Black published his first book, Cupid's Engine, which went on to sell over a million copies, he disappeared completely. Now strange things are happening to Thomas, and he can't help but wonder if Black is tugging at the seams of his world behind the scenes.

Absurdly brilliant, wildly entertaining, and utterly mind-bending, Maxwell's Demon triumphantly excavates the ways we construct meaning in a world where chaotic collapse looms closer every day.

About the Author

Steven Hall is the author of The Raw Shark Texts, which won the Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. It was an international bestseller and has been translated into over thirty languages. In 2013, Hall was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. Maxwell's Demon is his long-anticipated second novel.@stevenhallbooks

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802149206
ISBN-10: 0802149200
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Pages: 352
Language: English