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Name of the World, the (2000) [Novel]
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Michael Reed is living a posthumous life. In spite of outward appearances -- he holds a respectable university teaching position; he is an articulate and attractive addition to local social life -- he's a dead man walking.

Nothing can touch Reed, nothing can move him, although he observes with a mordant clarity the lives whirling vigorously around him. Of his recent bereavement, nearly four years earlier, he observes, "I'm speaking as I'd speak of a change in the earth's climate, or the recent war."

Facing the unwelcome end of his temporary stint at the university, Reed finds himself forced "to act like somebody who cares what happens to him. " Tentatively he begins to let himself make contact with a host of characters in this small academic town, souls who seem to have in common a tentativeness of their own. In this atmosphere characterized, as he says, "by cynicism, occasional brilliance, and small, polite terror," he manages, against all his expectations, to find people to light his way through his private labyrinth.

Original title: The Name of the World
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Name of the World, the

Name of the World, the (2000)
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Language: English

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The Name of the World (May 1, 2001)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780060929657
Dimensions: 5.3 x 8 x 0.4
Pages: 144

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The Name of the World (October 4, 2001)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Methuen
ISBN: 9780413771605
Dimensions: 5 x 7.6 x 0.5 in
Pages: 128

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