By Jonathan Lethem
A boozy ex-military captain trapped in a mysterious vessel searches for his runaway son, an getting older superhero settles into academia, and a pro "dystopianist" gets a trip from a suicidal sheep. Men and Cartoons contains 11 fantastical, a laugh, and relocating tales written in a dizzying array of types that indicates the outstanding variety and gear of Lethem's imaginative and prescient. occasionally firmly grounded actually, and different instances spinning off into completely unique imaginary worlds, this ebook brings jointly exceptional characters with incisive social remark and concept upsetting allegories.
A visionary and artistic assortment that in simple terms Jonathan Lethem may have produced, the classic version beneficial properties tales now not released within the hardcover version, "The form we are In" and "Interview with the Crab.
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