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The Thanatos Syndrome.

Walker Percy.

ISBN 10: 0374273545 / ISBN 13: 9780374273545
Edité par Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York, NY, 1987
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SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AT THE TOP OF THE TITLE PAGE AND THEN INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY AUTHOR AT THE FRONT FREE ENDPAPER, "For Mike Cowan My Best Wishes Walker Percy". Near Fine in Very Near Fine DJ: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. Book shows a few pages in the middle of the text at the upper fore-edge very lightly 'bunged' and with a small, very faint stain; there are the faintest indications of shelving at the bottom edge; else flawless; binding square and secure; text clean. DJ shows only the mildest rubbing; price unclipped; mylar-protected. Overall, very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 372pp. First Trade Edition, preceded by the Franklin Library Signed First Edition (a fact noted on the copyright page); this copy isa Third Printing therof. Hardback with DJ. The Thanatos Syndrome was Percy's last novel before his death, and in many ways it is his final triumph. It is one of Percy's great gifts to use absurdity and humour to introduce the gravest of concerns. Not surprisingly, therefore, Percy uses the comic genre of a detective novel. Thanatos breezes through a series of interviews with aberrant and suspicious characters, sleuthing, romance and false leads, en route to the creation of a casefile of premeditated wrongdoing. But like Dostoevsky (who also made use of the detective novel), Percy's intent is not primarily on spinning a good whodunnit, but on motivation and human character. The picture is shocking and even funny (particularly in the denouement), but it is certainly not pretty. Readers looking for a joyous romp through the bayous or else the pacified work of a Catholic apologist need not bother with this book. Not only is this novel disturbingly explicit at times, it contains a Grand Inquisitorial holocaust memoir. While connections to late 20th century America and the Weimar elite run the risk of exaggeration, Percy's AWOL anchorite priest, Father Smith, certainly gives much to think about. Does tenderness really lead to the gas chambers? Thanatos is actually a sequel to another dystopian drama, Love in the Ruins (1971). Connections to the earlier book, however, are broad and thematic. The protagonist is still Dr. Tom More, the randy bad catholic, fence-sitting introvert, and disturbed, marginalized expert on cortical functions and heavy sodium. Little mention is made, however, of More's lapsometer, of futuristic technology, the Ecuadorian conflict, or the racial and partisan conflict characteristic of Percy's earlier book. It is less a novel about 'the end of the world' than it is about the decay of civilization. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY AUTHOR. N° de réf. du libraire 41850

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Titre : The Thanatos Syndrome.

Éditeur : Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York, NY

Date d'édition : 1987

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included

Edition : First Ed; Third Printing.

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The 1990s. Euthanasia and quarantines for AIDS have become the norm. But can even this world sanction a substance that "improves" people's behavior and so reduces crime, unemployment and teen pregnancy? A riveting bestseller by the author of The Moviegoer.

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"What a pleasure it is to read a real novel.... THE THANATOS SYNDROME has the ambition and purposefulness to take on the world, to wrestle with its shortcomings, and to celebrate its glories." -Washington Post Book World

"He is a dazzlingly gifted novelist.... Percy stages a lively medical mystery...that no serious reader will want to miss." -USA Today

"There is ample evidence of Percy's brilliance in THE THANATOS SYNDROME - the droll Dixie anthropology, the pitch-perfect dialogue, the sheer intelligence everywhere on the page.... It is splendidly, uproariously catholic, as well." --Douglas Bauer, Atlantic Monthly

"Shimmers with intelligence and verve...THE THANATOS SYNDROME is highbrow hilarity all the more discerning for distinguishing its tears behind lots of laughs." --Newsday

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