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Kindle Edition 2018-02-13 417
Hardcover 2018-02-13 $27.95 416
Audible Audio Edition 2018-02-13 $35.00
Audible Audio Edition 2017-08-29 $20.65
Paperback 2017-08-24
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Madness Is Better Than Defeat: A novel

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Published by Knopf Publishing Group on 2018-02-13
Hardcover: $27.95
FICTION / Literary, FICTION / Thrillers, HUMOR


A wild, astonishing literary thriller by arguably England's most accomplished young writer, about Manhattan and Hollywood in the 1930s, Mayan gods, and a CIA operation gone terribly wrong--the Man Booker short-listed Ned Beauman's magnum opus thus far.

In 1938, two rival expeditions descend on an ancient temple recently discovered in the jungles of Honduras, one intending to shoot a screwball comedy on location there, the other to disassemble the temple and ship it back to New York. A seemingly endless stalemate ensues, and twenty years later a rogue CIA agent sets out to exploit it for his own ends, unaware that the temple is a locus of conspiracies far grander than anyone could ever have guessed. Shot through with insanity, intrigue, ingenuity, and adventure, showcasing Beauman's anarchic humor, spectacular imagination, and riveting prose, Madness Is Better Than Defeat teases, absorbs, entertains, and dazzles in equal measure.
(Hardcover, 2018-02-13)


ASIN: 0385352999
ISBN: 9780385352994
EAN: 9780385352994

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Filmmakers, industrialists, and CIA agents converge in Honduras in this madcap intellectual thriller.

The plot of the fourth novel by Beauman (Glow, 2015, etc.) is as overgrown as its setting, but it mainly concerns Jervis, a filmmaker determined to shoot a movie at an ancient temple in the Honduran jungle in 1938; Elias, who’s been charged by his conglomerate-owning father to disassemble said temple and ship it back to America; and the standoff that ensues when representatives of both sides show up ...

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