A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

Publisher: Vintage Canada

It's a hilariously revisionist account of Noah's ark, narrated by a passenger who doesn't appear in Genesis. It's a sneak preview of heaven. It encompasses the stories of a cruise ship hijacked by terrorists and of woodworms tried for blasphemy in sixteenth-century France. It explores the relationship of fact to fabulation and the antagonism between history and love. In short, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters is a grandly ambitious and inventive work of fiction, in the traditions of Joyce and Calvino, from the author of the widely acclaimed Flaubert's Parrot.

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"Frequently brilliant, funny, thoughtful, iconoclastic and a delight to read." Salman Rushdie, Observer

 
“As A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters progresses and leitmotifs recur, often in comically ingenious combinations, the book becomes increasingly engaging and entertaining.... A playful, witty and entertaining gathering of conjectures by a man to whom ideas are quite clearly crucial.” Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times
 
“It’s a book to keep the reader on his toes.” The New York Review of Books