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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NAMED one of many TEN most sensible BOOKS OF THE yr via VULTURE AND the best BOOKS OF THE yr BY NPR AND THE WALL road magazine • A huge, uproarious, and exuberant novel in regards to the search—for love, fact, and the which means of existence With The Internet.

“More remarkable than all yet a couple of novels released up to now this decade . . . a wheeling meditation at the stressed existence, on privateness, on what being human within the age of binary code may well suggest . . . [Joshua] Cohen, all of thirty-four, emerges as a big American writer.”—The big apple Times

The enigmatic billionaire founding father of Tetration, the world’s strongest tech corporation, hires a failed novelist, Josh Cohen, to ghostwrite his memoirs. The tycoon, often called critical, brings Josh in the back of the electronic veil, tracing the increase of Tetration, which all started within the earliest days of the net by means of revolutionizing the quest engine sooner than venturing into smartphones, desktops, and the surveillance of usa citizens. valuable takes Josh on a mind-bending global journey from Palo Alto to Dubai and past, starting up him into the key pretext of the autobiography venture and the life-or-death stakes that encompass its publication.

Insider tech exposé, leaked memoir-in-progress, foreign mystery, family members drama, intercourse comedy, and biblical allegory, Book of Numbers renders the entire diversity of recent event either on-line and rancid. Embodying the net in its language, it reveals the humanity underlying the virtual.

that includes the most unforgettable characters in modern fiction, Book of Numbers is an epic of the electronic age, a triumph of a brand new new release of writers, and a type of infrequent books that renew the belief of what a singular can do.

Please observe that Book of Numbers makes use of a different pagination procedure encouraged via binary notation: the half quantity precedes the web page quantity, and is separated from it through a decimal point.

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“The nice American web Novel is right here. . . . Book of Numbers is an engaging examine the darkish center of the net. . . . A page-turner approximately lifestyles less than the veil of electronic surveillance . . . the best novels ever written in regards to the Internet.”Rolling Stone

“A startlingly gifted novelist . . . [His] deeply worthwhile novel is set an internet faith long past wrong—and its value lies within the incontrovertible fact that the vast majority of us within the modernized global are individuals of that religion, no matter if we all know it or not.”The Wall road Journal

“Remarkable . . . excellent . . . Cohen’s literary presents . . . recommend that whatever is feasible, that anything nonetheless should be performed to protect no matter what it really is that makes us human.”—Francine Prose, The big apple evaluation of Books

“A highly bold novel set within the high-tech international of now . . . a verbal high-wire act, bold in its tones and textures: smart, poetic, fast-moving, deeply playful, full of jokes, savvy approximately machines, clever approximately humans, wonderful and engrossing.”—Colm Tóibín, The Guardian

“Joshua Cohen is the nice American Novelist. . . . Like Pynchon and Wallace, Cohen can write with tireless virtuosity approximately completely everything.”—Adam Kirsch, Tablet

“A digital-age Ulysses.”The manhattan occasions booklet Review

“The subsequent candidate for the nice American Novel . . . David Foster Wallace–level audacious.”Details

“A incredible book.”The Boston Globe

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