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The Visible Man (Paperback)

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A man in therapy has discovered how to make himself invisible. Therapist Victoria thinks he has problems until he proves to her he really can be invisible. Does he use his invisibility for good or evil? Voyeurism goes too far in the second novel by the well know essayist.

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New York Times bestselling author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Downtown Owl, "the Ethicist" of the New York Times Magazine, Chuck Klosterman returns to fiction with his second novel--an imaginative page-turner about a therapist and her unusual patient, a man who can render himself invisible.

Therapist Victoria Vick is contacted by a cryptic, unlikable man who insists his situation is unique and unfathomable. As he slowly reveals himself, Vick becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions: Y__, as she refers to him, claims to be a scientist who has stolen cloaking technology from an aborted government project in order to render himself nearly invisible. He says he uses this ability to observe random individuals within their daily lives, usually when they are alone and vulnerable. Unsure of his motives or honesty, Vick becomes obsessed with her patient and the disclosure of his increasingly bizarre and disturbing tales. Over time, it threatens her career, her marriage, and her own identity.

Interspersed with notes, correspondence, and transcriptions that catalog a relationship based on curiosity and fear, The Visible Man touches on all of Chuck Klosterman's favorite themes--the consequence of culture, the influence of media, the complexity of voyeurism, and the existential contradiction of normalcy. Is this comedy, criticism, or horror? Not even Y__ seems to know for sure.

About the Author

Chuck Klosterman is the "New York Times" bestselling author of seven books, including "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs" and "Eating the Dinosaur." His debut book, "Fargo Rock City," won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for "GQ, Esquire," "The New York Times Magazine, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, A.V. Club," and ESPN, and he now writes about sports and pop culture for Grantland.com.

Praise For…

“Richly drawn and dryly funny…Klosterman is terrifically expressive, funny company.... Klosterman’s unique voice is never less than right out in the open.” —Los Angeles Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9781439184479
ISBN-10: 143918447X
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: June 5th, 2012
Pages: 256
Language: English