"A hero with Huck Finnâ€™s heart and charm, lighting by El Greco and jokes by Punch and Judy.... Riddley Walker is haunting and fiercely imagined andâ€•this matters mostâ€•intensely ponderable." â€•Benjamin DeMott, The New York Times Book Review
"This is what literature is meant to be." â€•Anthony Burgess
"Russell Hoban has brought off an extraordinary feat of imagination and style.... The conviction and consistency are total. Funny, terrible, haunting and unsettling, this book is a masterpiece." â€•Anthony Thwaite, Observer
"Extraordinary... Suffused with melancholy and wonder, beautifully written, Riddley Walker is a novel that people will be reading for a long, long time." â€•Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World
"Stunning, delicious, designed to prevent the modern reader from becoming stupid." â€•John Leonard, The New York Times
"Highly enjoyable... An intriguing plot... Ferociously inventive." â€•Walter Clemons, Newsweek
"Astounding... Hobanâ€™s soaring flight of imagination is that golden rarity, a dazzlingly realized work of genius." â€•Jane Clapperton, Cosmopolitan
"An imaginative intensity that is rare in contemporary fiction.â€™ â€•Paul Gray, Time
Riddley Walker is a brilliant, unique, completely realized work of fiction. One reads it again and again, discovering new wonders every time through. Set in a remote future in a post-nuclear holocaust England (Inland), Hoban has imagined a humanity regressed to an iron-age, semi-literate stateâ€•and invented a language to represent it. Riddley is at once the Huck Finn and the Stephen Dedalus of his cultureâ€•rebel, change agent, and artist. Read again or for the first time this masterpiece of 20th-century literature with new material by the author.
"Lord of the FliesÂ is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years."Â
â€”Suzanne Collins, author ofÂ The Hunger Games
"As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954."
From Victorian lndia to near-future New York, The Calcutta Chromosome takes readers on a wondrous journey through time as a computer programmer trapped in a mind-numbing job hits upon a curious item that will forever change his life. When Antar discovers the battered I.D. card of a long-lost acquaintance, he is suddenly drawn into a spellbinding adventure across centuries and around the globe, into the strange life of L. Murugan, a man obsessed with the medical history of malaria, and into a magnificently complex world where conspiracy hangs in the air like mosquitoes on a summer night.