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theMystery.doc

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
With praise from Alan Moore and Rachel Kushner, a groundbreaking novel told in an exciting new form, mixing fiction, memoir, prose poetry, and textual art, exploring birth, death, the Internet, and the writing life as they play out in contemporary America and telling the story of a man who wakes up one morning not knowing who he isFunny, highly inventive, and deeply moving, theMystery.doc is a vast, shapeshifting literary novel that reads like a page-turner. It's a comedy, a tragedy, a big book about America. It's unlike anything you've read before.

Rooted in the western United States in the decade post-9/11, the book follows a young writer and his wife as he attempts to write the follow-up to his first novel, searching for a form that will express the world as it has become, even as it continually shifts all around him. Pop-up ads, search results, web chats, snippets of conversation, lines of code, and film and television stills mix with alchemical manuscripts, classical works of literature - and the story of a man who wakes up one morning without any memory of who he is, his only clue a single blank document on his computer called themystery.doc. From text messages to The Divine Comedy, first love to artificial intelligence, the book explores what makes us human - the stories we tell, the memories we hold on to, the memories we lose - and the relationships that give our lives meaning.

Part love story, part memoir, part documentary, part existential whodunit, theMystery.doc is a modern epic about the quest to find something lasting in a world where everything - and everyone - is in danger of slipping away.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"theMystery.doc may seem capacious but is actually sly, shy, and precise, and Matthew McIntosh is ambitious in the good sense: he attempts something new, with new vitality, and at that, absolutely succeeds." - Rachel Kushner

"Glued precariously together from the documentary fragments of a shattered culture and a fractured psyche, as with Eliot's The Waste Land, Matthew McIntosh's huge and riveting theMystery.doc stakes out its territory in the unbroken ground of a new and unsettling American century. Haunted the same way that contemporary life is haunted--by snapshots and forgotten emails; scraps of dialogue and movie stills--this brave and massively accomplished book is both a savage exorcism and a dazzling celebration of the novel and the human heart, each with their endless possibilities. A transfixing statement in a shimmering new language." - Alan Moore


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October 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: theMystery.doc
Author(s): Matthew McIntosh
ISBN: 0-8021-2491-7 / 978-0-8021-2491-3 (USA edition)
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Author(s): Matthew McIntosh
ISBN: 1-61185-620-5 / 978-1-61185-620-0 (USA edition)
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Title: theMystery.doc
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