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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date December 3, 2013
Pages 395
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780804168786
ISBN-10 0804168784
Dimensions 1 by 5 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $15.95
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In a series of brilliant variations, William Gass presents a man’s life—futile, comic, anarchic—arranged in an array of vocabularies, altered rhythms, forms, and tones, with music as both theme and structure.

It begins in Graz, Austria, in 1938, when Joseph Skizzen’s father pretends to be Jewish and emigrates to avoid the Nazis. In London with his wife and children for the duration of the war, he mysteriously disappears and the rest of the family relocates to a small town in Ohio. Here Joseph Skizzen grows up and leads a resolutely ordinary life, but one that is built on a scaffold of forgery and deceit. Outwardly he is a professor of music at a mediocre college; secretly he is the earnestly obsessive curator of a private Inhumanity Museum, meant to contain the guilt of centuries of atrocities. Middle C tells the story of his journey—a story that is also an investigation into the nature of identity and the ways in which each of us is several selves.
 



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Hardcover
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Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (July 24, 2013)
9781410459589 | details & prices | 701 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.65 lbs | List price $31.99
About: A literary event—the long-awaited novel, almost two decades in work, by the acclaimed author of The Tunnel (“The most beautiful, most complex, most disturbing novel to be published in my lifetime.
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (March 12, 2013)
9780307701633 | details & prices | 395 pages | 6.50 × 9.54 × 1.00 in. | 1.64 lbs | List price $28.95
Paperback
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from Vintage Books (December 3, 2013)
9780804168786 | details & prices | 395 pages | 5.00 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $15.95
About: In a series of brilliant variations, William Gass presents a man’s life—futile, comic, anarchic—arranged in an array of vocabularies, altered rhythms, forms, and tones, with music as both theme and structure.

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