The Delighted States

A Book of Novels, Romances, & Their Unknown Translators, Containing Ten Languages, Set on Four Continents, & Accompanied by Maps, Portraits, Squiggles, Illustrations, & a Variety of Helpful Indexes

Adam Thirlwell

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Having slept with a prostitute in Egypt, a young French novelist named Gustave Flaubert at last abandons sentimentality and begins to write. He influences the obscure French writer Édouard Dujardin, who is read by James Joyce on the train to Trieste, where he will teach English to the Italian novelist Italo Svevo. Back in Paris, Joyce asks Svevo to deliver a suitcase containing notes for Ulysses, a novel that will be viscerated by the expat Gertrude Stein, whose first published story is based on one by Flaubert.
 
This carousel of influence shows how translation and emigration lead to a new and true history of the novel. We devour novels in translation while believing that style does not translate. But the history of the novel is the history of style. The Delighted States attempts to solve this conundrum while mapping an imaginary country, a country of readers: the Delighted States.
 
This book is a provocation, a box of tricks, a bedside travel book; it is also a work of startling intelligence and originality from one of our finest young writers.

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Praise for Politics:
 
“One of the funniest, most stylish, and utterly original debuts to hit the stands in recent years . . . There is nothing quite like [it] in contemporary English writing.” —The Times (London)

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Adam Thirlwell

Adam Thirlwell was born in 1978. His first novel, Politics, was translated into thirty languages. In 2003, he appeared on Granta’s list of the best British novelists under forty. His second novel, The Misprint, will be published next year. He lives in London.

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The Delighted States
A Book of Novels, Romances, & Their Unknown Translators, Containing Ten Languages, Set on Four Continents, & Accompanied by Maps, Portraits, Squiggles, Illustrations, & a Variety of Helpful Indexes
Adam Thirlwell

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429963862
ISBN10: 1429963867
592 pages, Includes Black-and-White Illustrations Throughout, Notes, and 5 Indexes
$9.99

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Picador
March 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312428297
ISBN10: 0312428294
5 3/4 x 8 13/16 inches, 592 pages, Includes black-and-white illustrations throughout
$20.00
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