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Author Lüscher, Jonas, 1976- author.

Title Kraft / Jonas Lüscher ; translated from the German by Tess Lewis.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Fiction    LUSCHER,JON    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Fiction.
Edition First American edition.
Description 216 pages ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Originally published in German in 2017 by Verlag C.H. Beck, Germany.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary "Richard Kraft, a German professor of rhetoric and aging Reaganite and Knight Rider fan, is unhappily married and badly in debt. He sees no way out of his rut until he is invited to participate in a competition to be held in California and sponsored by a Silicon Valley tycoon and "techno-optimist." The contest is to answer a literal "million-dollar question": each competitor must compose an eighteen-minute lecture on why our world is still, despite all evidence, the best of all possible worlds, and how we might improve it even further through technology. Entering into a surreal American landscape, Kraft soon finds what's left of his life falling to pieces as he struggles to justify as "best" a planet in the hands of such blithe neoliberal cupidity as he encounters on his odyssey to California. Still, with the prize money in his pocket, perhaps Kraft could finally buy his way to a new life ...But what contortions--physical and philosophical--will he have to subject himself to in order to claim it?"-- From publisher's description.
Subject Neoliberalism -- Fiction.
College teachers -- Fiction.
Technological innovations -- Fiction.
Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County, Calif.) -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Dystopian fiction.
Added Author Lewis, Tess, translator.
Added Title Kraft. English
ISBN 9780374182144 hardcover
0374182140 hardcover

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