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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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Used availability for David Means's Hystopia


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Hardback Editions

May 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Hystopia
Author(s): David Means
ISBN: 0-571-33011-8 / 978-0-571-33011-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Hystopia: A Novel
Author(s): David Means
ISBN: 0-86547-913-5 / 978-0-86547-913-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

April 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Hystopia: A Novel
Author(s): David Means
ISBN: 1-250-11838-7 / 978-1-250-11838-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Hystopia
Author(s): David Means
ISBN: 0-571-33013-4 / 978-0-571-33013-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Hystopia
Author(s): David Means
ISBN: 0-571-33012-6 / 978-0-571-33012-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

December 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Hystopia
Author(s): David Means
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   

November 2016 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Hystopia: A Novel
Author(s): David Means
ISBN: 1-5366-1977-9 / 978-1-5366-1977-5
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

September 2016 : UK Audio CD
thumbTitle: Hystopia
Author(s): David Means
ISBN: 1-5100-5158-9 / 978-1-5100-5158-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Hystopia: A Novel
Author(s): David Means
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

May 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Hystopia
Author(s): David Means
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   

April 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Hystopia: A Novel
Author(s): David Means
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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