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Hystopia

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
At the bitter end of the 1960s, after surviving multiple assassination attempts, President John F. Kennedy is entering his third term in office. The Vietnam War rages on, and the president has created a vast federal agency, the Psych Corps, dedicated to maintaining the nation's mental hygiene by any means necessary. Soldiers returning from the war have their battlefield traumas "enfolded" - wiped from their memories through drugs and therapy - while veterans too damaged to be enfolded roam at will in Michigan, evading the government and reenacting atrocities on civilians.

This destabilized version of American history is the vision of 22-year-old Eugene Allen, who has returned from Vietnam to write the book-within-a-book at the center of Hystopia. In conversation with some of the greatest war narratives, from Homer's Iliad to the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter", David Means channels the voice of Allen, the young veteran out to write a novel that can bring honor to those he fought with in Vietnam while also capturing the tragic history of his own family.

The critic James Wood has written that Means' language "offers an exquisitely precise and sensuous register of an often crazy American reality". In Hystopia, his highly anticipated first novel, David Means brings his full talent to bear on the crazy reality of trauma, both national and personal. Outlandish and tender, funny and violent, timely and historical, Hystopia invites us to consider whether our traumas can ever be truly overcome. The answers it offers are wildly inventive, deeply rooted in its characters, and wrung from the author's own heart.

    

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2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Hystopia
Author(s): David Means
ISBN: 0-571-33011-8 / 978-0-571-33011-9 (UK edition)
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April 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hystopia: A Novel
Author(s): David Means
ISBN: 0-86547-913-5 / 978-0-86547-913-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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April 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hystopia: A Novel
Author(s): David Means
ISBN: 1-250-11838-7 / 978-1-250-11838-7 (USA edition)
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February 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Hystopia
Author(s): David Means
ISBN: 0-571-33013-4 / 978-0-571-33013-3 (UK edition)
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May 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Hystopia
Author(s): David Means
ISBN: 0-571-33012-6 / 978-0-571-33012-6 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

December 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Hystopia
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November 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Hystopia: A Novel
Author(s): David Means
ISBN: 1-5366-1977-9 / 978-1-5366-1977-5
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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September 2016 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Hystopia
Author(s): David Means
ISBN: 1-5100-5158-9 / 978-1-5100-5158-4 (UK edition)
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August 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Hystopia: A Novel
Author(s): David Means
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August 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Hystopia: A Novel
Author(s): David Means
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hystopia
Author(s): David Means
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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April 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Hystopia: A Novel
Author(s): David Means
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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