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  • Published: 2 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099526971
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $19.99

Pygmy




The most ambitious novel yet from the author of Fight Club and Choke

Agent Number 67, nicknamed Pygmy for his diminutive size, arrives in the United States from his totalitarian homeland. An ‘exchange student’ he is welcomed with open arms by his Midwestern host family. Simpsons-spinoffs, they introduce him into the rituals of postmodern American life, which he views with utter contempt. Along with his fellow operatives, he is planning something big, something truly, truly awful, to bring this big dumb country’s fat inhabitants to their knees.

  • Published: 2 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099526971
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk is the bestselling author of fifteen fictional works, including Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Haunted, Rant, Pygmy, Tell-All, Damned, Doomed, Beautiful You, and, most recently, Make Something Up. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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Praise for Pygmy

The boldest book in a long while from an author not exactly unaccustomed to boundary-pushing...Palahniuk narrates in the startling, oblique speech of our anti-hero. In words as short as our protagonist: ace

Lauren Laverne, Grazia

A hilarious novel...as ever, Palahniuk is interested in pushing the limits. He leaps over the line of good taste - and lands squarely on his feet

Booklist

Brilliant...It has moments of poetry

Daily Telegraph

A compelling, daring and vital writer. Continually pushing the boundaries...Palanhiuk writes at breakneck pace, a relentlessly compelling style which draws you inexorably towards the ultimate car crash of a climax

Herald

The novel abandons minimalism for a Clockwork Orange-style spin through a semi-invented language. Consequently, it's Palahniuk's most challenging book yet

Colin Waters, The Sunday Herald

There's something likeably direct and single-minded about his desire to speak to, and for, the confused ranks of American outsiderdom

Christopher Taylor, Guardian

Palahniuk uses the broken English rather brilliantly to fragment each miniature description into essential parts... it has moments of poetry.

Stephen Abell, Saturday Telegraph Review

One of the most original that I have read in a long time...it uses language in a very different and imaginative way. Palahniuk is to be congratulated on the technical skill required to pull this off. Anyone who fears that the novel as an art form may be stuck in a rut should be given a copy.

Guy Fraser-Sampson, www.pursewarden.blogspot.com

A broad brush satire about middle America

Adrian Turpin

Cleverly written...makes gleeful fun of so much that we tend to take too seriously. I recommend Pygmy to anyone with an open mind, a love of humour, and a liking for solving puzzles. Just have fun and try not to take it too seriously

Rheta Van Winkle, www.bookloons.com

It's brilliantly conceived, linguistically inventive and extremely rude

Anne McElvoy, New Statesman, Books of 2009

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