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Let the Great World Spin

Author: 
Colum McCann
Publisher(s): 
Random House, New York
Bloomsbury, London
Publication Date: 
2009-06
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"The novel folds over from 1974 on to 2006 or where we are now. Vietnam folds over to some extent on Iraq. They're not exact maps of each other, but the section about the freakers is definitely a metaphor for the Internet. Today, we can be absolutely everywhere instantaneously. We can be at Michael Jackson's memorial, look at a camera that is on Kings Road in London, or we can Google Earth ourselves down to Australia. In the summer of 1974, the Web didn't exist yet, but people had begun sending e-mail messages, and these guys from California could phone-freak in and 'experience' Petit's walk."

- Colum McCann, in interview

Description

Set in New York, Let the Great World Spin is Colum McCann's fifth novel and won several prestigious awards. Other titles include Dancer (2003) and TransAtlantic (2013). McCann has also published short stories and prose pieces.

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Publisher(s):
Random House, New York