Men in Space

Tom McCarthy

Genre
Fiction
Topics
Fiction, Philosophy
Author
Tom McCarthy
Publisher
Alma Books
Format
Paperback

Description

Set in Continental Europe rapidly fragmenting after the fall of Communism, Men in Space follows a cast of dissolute Bohemians, political refugees, a football referee, a disorientated police agent and a stranded astronaught as they chase a stolen icon painting from Sofia to Prague and onwards. The icon's melancholy orbit is reflected in the various characters' ellipses and near misses as they career vertiginously through all kinds of space: physical, political, emotional and metaphysical. What emerges is a vision of humanity adrift in history, and a world in a state of disintegration.