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The Golden Age

A novel by

Heir to the philosophical-fantastical tradition of Borges, Calvino, and Perec, The Golden Age is Michal Ajvaz's greatest and most ambitious work. The Golden Age is a fantastical travelogue in which a modern-day Gulliver writes a book about a civilization he once encountered on a tiny island in the Atlantic. The islanders seem at first to do nothing but sit and observe the world, and indeed draw no distinction between reality and representation, so that a mirror image seems as substantial to them as a person (and vice versa); but the center of their culture is revealed to be 'The Book,' a handwritten, collective novel filled with feuding royal families, murderous sorcerers, and narrow escapes. Anyone is free to write in 'The Book,' adding their own stories, crossing out others, or even ap- pending 'footnotes' in the form of little paper pouches full of extra text - but of course there are pouches within pouches, so that the story is impossible to read 'in order,' and soon begins to overwhelm the narrator's orderly treatise. .

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Paperback Editions

April 2010 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Golden Age (Czech Literature Series)
Author(s): Michal Ajvaz
ISBN: 1-56478-578-5 / 978-1-56478-578-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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Kindle Editions

April 2010 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Golden Age (Czech Literature Series)
Author(s): Michal Ajvaz
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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