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Equilateral - a novel
Ken Kalfus
Paperback / softback
UK Publication Date

It is the turn of the twentieth century and a British astronomer, Thayer, high on Darwin and other progressive scientists of the age, arrives in Egypt to embark on the project of a lifetime: the excavation of a triangle in the desert, with sides hundreds of miles long, to be filled with petrol and set alight. The purpose: to send out a signal to life on Mars (for which he has evidence) that humans exist. But as work progresses, the huge task force of Egyptian workers is struck by disease and rebellion, and the success of Thayer's project looks increasingly uncertain.

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Ken Kalfus is the author of two novels, The Commissariat of Enlightenment and A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award. He's also published two collections of stories, Thirst and Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies,
a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. His books have been translated
into more than ten foreign languages.
He lives in Philadelphia.

Irresistibly eccentric and clever
The Times

Beautifully judged, haunting … Highly intelligent and rich work of fiction

There are hip writers, there are technically innovative writers, and
there are wise, moving, and profound writers. Kalfus is all of these at
David Foster Wallace

When a new Ken Kalfus novel appears I stop eating, drinking, shaving and breathing until I finish it. Equilateral is one of his smartest and most ambitious books yet. It left me thinking and wondering well past my bedtime
Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

Equilateral skilfully blurs real-life events with fantasy ... Kalfus continues the tradition of richness-in-restraint that runs through his other works of fiction
Financial Times

Ken Kalfus is a talent to watch
Sunday Telegraph

Kalfus has a demonic imagination.
The glamour of consistent disaster is recognizable in every line, every scene, every lacquered articulation: it is what we moderns like to call a neo-classical construct.
I'm overcome by the splendor of what he's done
Richard Howard

1st paperback ed
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Egypt - History - British occupation, 1882-1936 - Fiction.|Humorous stories.
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