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The End of the World Book
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This is no ordinary novel. An encyclopedia of memory—from A to Z—The End of the World Book deftly intertwines fiction, memoir, and cultural history, reimagining the story of the world and one man’s life as they both hurtle toward a frightening future. Alistair McCartney’s alphabetical guide to the apocalypse layers images like a prose poem, building from Aristotle to da Vinci, hip-hop to lederhosen, plagues to zippers, while barreling from antiquity to the present.
    In this profound book about mortality, McCartney composes an irreverent archive of philosophical obsessions and homoerotic fixations, demonstrating the difficulty of separating what is real from what is imagined.

Finalist, Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, The Publishing Triangle

Finalist, PEN USA Literary Award for Fiction

Table of Contents

  1. A
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. B
  2. pp. 15-30
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  1. C
  2. pp. 31-44
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  1. D
  2. pp. 45-69
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  1. E
  2. pp. 70-79
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  1. F
  2. pp. 80-87
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  1. G
  2. pp. 88-105
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  1. H
  2. pp. 106-124
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  1. I
  2. pp. 125-136
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  1. J
  2. pp. 137-140
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  1. K
  2. pp. 141-146
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  1. L
  2. pp. 147-153
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  1. M
  2. pp. 154-175
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  1. N
  2. pp. 176-179
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  1. O
  2. pp. 180-185
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  1. P
  2. pp. 186-200
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  1. Q
  2. pp. 201-204
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  1. R
  2. pp. 205-212
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  1. S
  2. pp. 213-240
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  1. T
  2. pp. 241-253
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  1. U
  2. pp. 254-261
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  1. V
  2. pp. 262-271
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  1. W
  2. pp. 272-290
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  1. X
  2. pp. 291-294
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  1. Y
  2. pp. 295-297
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  1. Z
  2. pp. 298-304
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 305-306
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