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What is the connection between breast enlargement and building renovation, yoga retreats and gourmet restaurants, cell phones and globalization? Wakefield, both the title of Andrei Codrescu's hilariously absurd and brilliantly observed novel and the name of its alienated hero, examines these and other perplexities of the late twentieth century.

Picture Wakefield: He's divorced, lives alone in a comfortable, book-filled apartment in a sophisticated city. A motivational speaker, his talks leave audiences dispirited and anxious. But for this peculiar talent, he's nicely paid by corporate America, and he's in demand. Then one day the Devil shows up, walks right into Wakefield's tasteful living room, and says, "Time's up."

Just as literary Fausts have done for centuries, Wakefield makes a bargain with Satan, who as it turns out, is having his own existential crisis due to bureaucratic headaches and younger upstart demons in the afterworld. The Devil gives Wakefield a year to find an authentic life - or else it's curtains. So Wakefield travels across the country meeting New Age gurus, billionaire techno-geeks, global pioneers, gambling addicts and models who look like heroin addicts, venture capitalists, art collectors, rainforest protectors, and S and M strippers.

Andrei Codrescu brings his unique vision to the American character: our desire to change, renovate, and improve both our inner and outer worlds; to remodel not only our buildings but our bodies and minds.

Wakefield is an inspired novel - part metaphysical mystery, part travel adventure, part architectural romp - by turns funny and deadly serious.

Used availability for Andrei Codrescu's Wakefield

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Hardback Editions

April 2004 : UK Hardback
Title: Wakefield
Author(s): Andrei Codrescu
ISBN: 0-00-200579-4 / 978-0-00-200579-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Algonquin
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January 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: Wakefield
Author(s): Andrei Codrescu
ISBN: 1-56512-372-7 / 978-1-56512-372-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Audio Editions

May 2004 : USA Audio CD
Title: Wakefield
Author(s): Andrei Codrescu
ISBN: 1-56511-861-8 / 978-1-56511-861-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Company
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May 2004 : UK Audio edition
Title: Wakefield
Author(s): Andrei Codrescu
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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May 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Wakefield
Author(s): Andrei Codrescu
ISBN: 1-56511-860-X / 978-1-56511-860-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Co
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Kindle Editions

September 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Wakefield: A Novel
Author(s): Andrei Codrescu
Publisher: Open Road Media
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