Two novels by Cormac McCarthy will be “the literary event of the year”, according to publisher Knopf.
Slated for release this fall, the first is called “The Passenger” and will debut on October 25. The second, “Stella Maris”, is scheduled for November 22. A boxed set of both will go on sale on December 6.
McCarthy, who will be 89 when the novels go on sale, last published “The Road” in 2006.
“These extraordinary novels are unlike anything Cormac McCarthy has written before, and while the two should be read and experienced separately, they represent two sides of the same narrative coin,” said Knopf publisher Reagan Arthur. , in a press release.
The novels, eight years apart, tell the story of brothers Bobby and Alicia Western. Here is the description of the books version:
“THE PASSENGER is the story of a rescue diver, haunted by loss, frightened by the aquatic depths, pursued for a conspiracy beyond his comprehension, and longing for a death he cannot reconcile with God. 1980, Pass Christian, Mississippi: It’s three in the morning when Bobby Western zips up his wetsuit jacket and dives off the deck of the boat into darkness, his dive light illuminating the sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats , hair flowing, eyes devoid of speculation. Missing from the crash site are the pilot’s flightbag, the plane’s black box and the tenth passenger. But how? Collateral witness to machinations that can only harm him, Western is shadowed in body and mind by men with badges; by the ghost of his father (one of the inventors of the bomb that melted glass and flesh in Hiroshima); and by his sister, love and ruin of his soul.Travelling the southern United States, barrooms b From New Orleans to an abandoned oil rig off the coast of Florida, THE PASSENGER is a breathtaking novel about morality and science, the legacy of sin and the madness that is human consciousness.
“ABOUT STELLA MARIS: STELLA MARIS is an intimate portrait of grief and longing, as a young woman in a mental institution seeks to understand her own existence. 1972, Black River Falls, Wisconsin: Twenty-year-old Alicia Western, with forty thousand dollars in a plastic bag, gets admitted to the hospital.PhD student in mathematics at the University of Chicago, Alicia has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and she does not want to talk about her brother Bobby. From this she contemplates the nature of madness, the human insistence on a common experience of the world; she evokes a childhood when, at the age of seven, her own grandmother feared for her; she surveys the intersection of physics and philosophy; and she presents her cohorts, her chimeras, the hallucinations only she can see. All the while she mourns Bobby, not quite dead, not quite his own. entirely through the transcripts Highlights of Alicia’s psychiatric sessions, STELLA MARIS is a gory, intellectually challenging coda for THE PASSENGER, a philosophical inquiry that challenges our notions of God, truth and existence.
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