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The Dead

(2018)
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"A great Faustian fable, and a literary endeavor of historical ingenuity that we now may start to characterize as Krachtian." - Karl Ove Knausgaard

In Berlin, Germany, in the early 1930s, the acclaimed Swiss film director Emil Nageli receives the assignment of a lifetime: travel to Japan and make a film to establish the dominance of Adolf Hitler's Nazi empire once and for all. But his handlers are unaware that Nageli has colluded with the Jewish film critics to pursue an alternative objective - to create a monumental, modernist, allegorical spectacle to warn the world of the horror to come.

Meanwhile, in Japan, the film minister Masahiko Amakasu intends to counter Hollywood's growing influence and usher in a new golden age of Japanese cinema by exploiting his Swiss visitor. The arrival of Nageli's film-star fiancee and a strangely thuggish, pistol-packing Charlie Chaplin - as well as the first stirrings of the winds of war - soon complicates both Amakasu's and Nageli's plans, forcing them to face their demons . . . and their doom.

"The Dead is the beautiful, brilliant, and utterly mad novel that Thomas Mann would have written had he known the East like Yukio Mishima and loved his adopted Hollywood with the gusto of Nathanael West." - Joshua Cohen

"The Dead is a story of love and sadness in times when the weak were broken by the unforgiving ideologies of fascism and National Socialism . . . I read The Dead twice in a row, first for the story and then for the beauty of the prose." - Sjon

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The Dead is the beautiful, brilliant, and utterly mad novel that Thomas Mann would have written had he known the East like Yukio Mishima and loved his adopted Hollywood with the gusto of Nathanael West." - Joshua Cohen

"A great Faustian fable, and a literary endeavor of historical ingenuity that we now may start to characterize as Krachtian." - Karl Ove Knausgaard

"The Dead is a story of love and sadness in times when the weak were broken by the unforgiving ideologies of fascism and National Socialism . . . I read The Dead twice in a row, first for the story and then for the beauty of the prose." - Sjón


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July 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Dead: A Novel
Author(s): Christian Kracht
ISBN: 0-374-13967-9 / 978-0-374-13967-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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July 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Dead: A Novel
Author(s): Christian Kracht
ISBN: 1-250-21496-3 / 978-1-250-21496-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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July 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: The Dead
Author(s): Christian Kracht
ISBN: 1-977314-66-X / 978-1-977314-66-6
Publisher: Tantor Media Inc
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July 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: The Dead: A Novel
Author(s): Christian Kracht
ISBN: 1-977364-66-7 / 978-1-977364-66-1
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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July 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Dead: A Novel
Author(s): Christian Kracht, Daniel Bowles - translator
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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July 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Dead: A Novel
Author(s): Christian Kracht
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU