A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

By Dave Eggers

National Bestseller 

The literary sensation of the yr, a booklet that redefines either relatives and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking paintings of spectacular Genius is the relocating memoir of a faculty senior who, within the house of 5 weeks, loses either one of his mom and dad to melanoma and inherits his eight-year-old brother. here's an exciting debut that manages to be at the same time hilarious and wildly creative in addition to a deeply heartfelt tale of the affection that holds a kinfolk together.

A Heartbreaking paintings of outstanding Genius is an speedy vintage that might be learn in paperback for many years to come back. The classic version contains a new appendix by way of the writer.

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17510$ $CH1 09-16-09 10:24:23 PS PAGE 51 XL Like conquerors, unable to return, in a foreign country, I see myself in every thing, the heart vast, like a third-world country, inaccessible, I contract, I dilate, one step into death, and return, I accept, I decline, she trusts me with signs, which I interpret, when her eyelashes bat, lover, whose look kills, her speech has the secret of fire, in solitude, after obstacle, earthen walls, sepulcher for the old world, which the sun enamels, the musician changes key, the migrants dance, morning birds, in a meager spring, fistfuls of insects, in the voluptuousness of the distant land.

33 ................. 17510$ $CH1 09-16-09 10:24:18 PS PAGE 33 XXIV Taffeta, sound of the sea, the cypress is a candle, in which green hair burns, the mountain is a camel, it unloads its burden, steps resound on the flagstones, and ricochet off the clouds, I invite her on the journey, in the shade of the fig tree, opposite the isthmus, which is a barrier, where the spirit sinks, before the jetty, awaiting the ferry, lurking in the open sea, at the edge of the storm, the sea sends back its waves, the stars linger to arrange the dawn, the seagull is an island coming near, the mast is a tree groaning, she rises, with the day, she looks through the porthole, she washes in the foam, she covers herself with azure, which rekindles her whiteness.

17510$ $CH1 09-16-09 10:24:19 PS PAGE 36 XXVII On the page of the sacrificed animal, the mihrab sings in the interior, the fire, that is devouring in my breast, is a twilight, fed by the evening musk, the moon jostles the branch, the seed splits the face, the fruit breaks open, the star bores into a tomb, pain is a book, which grips my skull, the sun leaves my belly, the sky reddens the shadows, the stage is empty, the crown breaks, the corners murmur, on a crystal floor, the wind brushes the craftsman, who gathers a fistful of sand, his hands crumble, the stone turns, in this yellow world, desire is a dome, that collapses, in the fog of fever, my sweaty body, back again in the desert, covets the solitude of the two sisters, whom my senses, clothe, in white.

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