The Hundred Brothers

A Novel

Donald Antrim

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There’s Rob, Bob, Tom, Paul, Ralph, and Noah; Nick, Dennis, Bertram, Russell, and Virgil. The doctor, the documentary filmmaker, and the sculptor in burning steal; the eldest, the youngest, and the celebrated “perfect” brother, Benedict. In Donald Antrim’s mordantly funny novel The Hundred Brothers, our narrator and his colossal fraternity of ninety-eight brothers (one couldn’t make it) have assembled in the crumbling library of their family’s estate for a little sinister fun. Executed with the invention and intelligence of Barthelme and Pynchon, Antrim’s taxonomy of male specimens is in equal proportions disturbing and absurdly hilarious.

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MY BROTHERS Rob, Bob, Tom, Paul, Ralph, Phil, Noah, William, Nick, Dennis, Christopher, Frank, Simon, Saul, Jim, Henry, Seamus, Richard, Jeremy, Walter, Jonathan, James, Arthur, Rex, Bertram, Vaughan, Daniel, Russel, and Angus; and the triplets Herbert, Patrick, and Jeffrey; identical twins Michael and Abraham, Lawrence and Peter, Winston and Charles, Scott and Samuel; and Eric, Donovan, Roger, Lester, Larry, Clinton, Drake, Gregory, Leon, Kevin, and Jack—all born on the same day, the twenty-third of May, though at different hours in separate years—and the caustic graphomaniac,

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“A fiercely intelligent writer . . . This is a bravura nightmare.”—The New York Times

“The author’s surreal vision is both imaginative and wholly his own . . . A striking literary discovery.”—The Boston Globe

“Elegant, outrageously imagined, comic . . . Antrim exaggerates his narrator into hilarious existence.”—The New Yorker

“A fantasy that capers between atavistic ritual and inspired slapstick.”Time


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Donald Antrim

Donald Antrim is the critically acclaimed author of three novels, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist, as well The Afterlife, a memoir about his mother. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, he is also the recipient of several prestigious grants and awards, including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Public Library. He lives in New York City.  

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The Hundred Brothers
A Novel
Donald Antrim

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Picador
June 2011
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ISBN: 9781429977227
ISBN10: 1429977221
208 pages
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June 2011
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ISBN: 9780312662196
ISBN10: 031266219X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
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