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The King of Pain: a novel with stories

The King of Pain: a novel with stories

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"One of 2012's most enjoyable novels." --Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times"This is a dark, sharp, very funny novel about imprisonment, torture and the dangerous pleasures of stories." --Zoe Heller, Notes on a Scandal

"Seth Kaufman's novel is a hoot and a boot, a zany, unsettling, satisfying, post post-modern, tragic-comic tour of prisons around the world and pain in the human heart. Start it and you won't stop. If you're a claustrophobe, read it out-of-doors." --John Darnton, Neaderthal

A riotously funny portrait of an out-of-control entertainment mogul and a devastating look at torture and imprisonment, The King of Pain is part Jennifer Egan, part Italo Calvino, part "Entourage," and 100% marvelous.

Rick Salter expects to be hated; after all, he's the mind behind the outrageous-and outrageously successful-reality TV show about torture, "The King of Pain." What he finds much more worrisome than the ire of cultural critics is that when he wakes up one Saturday morning, he's trapped underneath his gigantic home entertainment system with no idea how he got there. Rick has 48 long hours ahead of him until his housekeeper will come to his rescue and nothing to pass the time except pain, bad memories-and a strange book he finds lying beside him. Called "A History of Prisons," it is written by one Seth Kaufman, and it seems mysteriously relevant to Rick's predicament...

Author: Seth Kaufman
Publisher: Sukuma Books
Published: 06/14/2012
Pages: 300
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.76lbs
Size: 7.99h x 5.24w x 0.67d
ISBN: 9780985626501

About the Author
Seth Kaufman has been a reporter for the NY Post's Page Six and the Editorial Director of TV He grew up in New York, Kenya, and India. He plays guitar in The Fancy Shapes and lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and two children. His newest book, If You Give an Architect a Contract, arrives March, 2013.

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