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Antkind

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
The bold and boundlessly original debut novel from the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York.

“A terrific debut novel that makes Gravity’s Rainbow read like a Dr. Seuss story . . . a masterwork of postmodern storytelling.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and underappreciated film critic (failed academic, filmmaker, paramour, shoe salesman who sleeps in a sock drawer), stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film made by an enigmatic outsider—a film he’s convinced will change his career trajectory and rock the world of cinema to its core. His hands on what is possibly the greatest movie ever made—a three-month-long stop-motion masterpiece that took its reclusive auteur ninety years to complete—B. knows that it is his mission to show it to the rest of humanity. The only problem: The film is destroyed, leaving him the sole witness to its inadvertently ephemeral genius.

All that’s left of this work of art is a single frame from which B. must somehow attempt to recall the film that just might be the last great hope of civilization. Thus begins a mind-boggling journey through the hilarious nightmarescape of a psyche as lushly Kafkaesque as it is atrophied by the relentless spew of Twitter. Desperate to impose order on an increasingly nonsensical existence, trapped in a self-imposed prison of aspirational victimhood and degeneratively inclusive language, B. scrambles to re-create the lost masterwork while attempting to keep pace with an ever-fracturing culture of “likes” and arbitrary denunciations that are simultaneously his bête noire and his raison d’être.

A searing indictment of the modern world, Antkind is a richly layered meditation on art, time, memory, identity, comedy, and the very nature of existence itself—the grain of truth at the heart of every joke.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A full-throttled absurdist revolt against the constraints of the audience-tested mass entertainment, Antkind is unbridled Kaufman energy and wit coming up against the limits of the imagination itself: discursive, subversive, and genuinely funny." - Joshua Ferris

"A tribute to the absurdity of story and ego and obsession that manages to criticize all of this as fiercely as it embraces it all, Antkind is as funny and brilliant and utterly idiosyncratic as you could ever hope. I couldn’t put it down, which is saying a lot, because holy shit, is it heavy." - Mat Johnson

"Magnificent, genius, enraging, mysterious, joyous, terrifying, and, above all, hilarious! Within its pages, Antkind might contain the universe." - Andrew Sean Greer

"Each page is so stuffed with invention, audacity, and hilarity, it feels like an act of defiance. Antkind is a fever dream you don’t want to be shaken awake from, a thrill ride that veers down stranger and stranger alleys until you find yourself in a reality so kaleidoscopic you will question your own sanity—or: the novel only Charlie Kaufman could pull off." - Maria Semple


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February 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Antkind: A Novel
Author(s): Charlie Kaufman
ISBN: 0-00-831953-7 / 978-0-00-831953-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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Title: Antkind: A Novel
Author(s): Charlie Kaufman
ISBN: 0-399-58968-6 / 978-0-399-58968-3 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

February 2021 : UK Paperback

Title: Antkind: A Novel
Author(s): Charlie Kaufman
ISBN: 0-00-831950-2 / 978-0-00-831950-2 (UK edition)
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July 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Antkind: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-00-831948-0 / 978-0-00-831948-9 (UK edition)
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May 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Antkind: A Novel
Author(s): Charlie Kaufman
ISBN: 0-593-22915-0 / 978-0-593-22915-6 (USA edition)
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August 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Antkind: A Novel
Author(s): Charlie Kaufman
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August 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Antkind: A Novel
Author(s): Charlie Kaufman
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Antkind: A Novel
Author(s): Charlie Kaufman
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   


August 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Antkind: A Novel
Author(s): Charlie Kaufman
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Antkind: A Novel
Author(s): Charlie Kaufman
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   


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July 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Antkind: A Novel
Author(s): Charlie Kaufman
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


July 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Antkind: A Novel
Author(s): Charlie Kaufman
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU