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  • Published: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446413388
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432
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Plowing the Dark




"Superb ... Powers' seventh and perhaps greatest novel ... one of the most astonishing feats I've ever seen in literature' Washington Post

In a digital laboratory on the shores of Puget Sound, virtual reality researchers race to complete the Cavern, a bland white room that can become a jungle, a painting, or a vast Byzantine cathedral. In a war-torn city on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, an American is held hostage, chained to a radiator in an empty white room ...
Adie Klarpol, a disillusioned artist, is invigorated by the thrill of working with the Cavern's cutting-edge technology. As Cold War empires collapse and the Berlin Wall falls, she retreats into the cyber-realities she has been hired to create. In Beirut, English teacher Taimur Martin is held in solitary confinement by Islamic fundamentalists, where he must keep his mind whole by the force of his memory alone. What can possibly joint two such remote places? Only the shared imagination, a room that these two people unwittingly build in common, where the strands of this wildly inventive novel coalesce into one.

  • Pub date: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446413388
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

About the Author

Richard Powers

Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels, including Orfeo (which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), The Echo Maker, The Time of Our Singing, Galatea 2.2 and Plowing the Dark. He is the recipient of a MacArthur grant and the National Book Award, and has been a Pulitzer Prize and four-time NBCC finalist. He lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Praise for Plowing the Dark

“Spectacular-Powers loves placing brilliant characters inside a fluorescent incubator, then watching ideas hatch on the page-riveting”

New York Times Book Review

“Richard Powers is one of the few writers who has taken on the challenge of Thomas Pynchon, creating a complex, unsentimental and simultaneously deeply moving world”

Red

“There's no other way to say it: Richard Powers is a genius”

Time Out

“One of the finest efforts from the massively gifted Powers, who again probes the fluid buffer between science and the imagination”

Kirkus Reviews


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