From the Publisher
A decade after the publication of Haussmann, or the
Distinction, his acclaimed novel about nineteenth-century
Paris, Paul La Farge turns his imagination to America at the dawn
of the twenty-first century.
In September 2000, a young programmer comes home from a festival
in the Nevada desert and learns that his grandfather has died, and
that he has to return to Thebes, a town which is so isolated that
its inhabitants have their own language, in order to clean out the
house where his family lived for five generations. While he's
there, he runs into Yesim, a Turkish American woman whom he loved
as a child, and begins a romance in which past and present are
dangerously confused. At the same time, he remembers San Francisco
in the wild years of the Internet boom, and mourns the loss of
Swan, a madman who may have been the only person to understand what
was happening to the city, and to the world.
Luminous Airplanes has a singular form: the novel,
complete in itself, is accompanied by an online "immersive text,"
which continues the story and complements it. Nearly ten years in
the making, La Farge's ambitious new work considers large worlds
and small ones, love, memory, family, flying machines, dance
music, and the end of the world.
About the Author
Paul La Farge is the author of two novels:
The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999) and Haussmann,
or the Distinction (FSG, 2001); and a book of imaginary
dreams, The Facts of Winter. His short stories have
appeared in McSweeney's, Harper's Magazine, Fence,
Conjunctions, and elsewhere. His nonfiction appears in The
Believer, Bookforum, Playboy, and Cabinet. He lives
in upstate New York.
About the Book
Luminous Airplanes" has a singular form: the novel, complete in itself, is accompanied by an online immersive text, which continues the story and complements it. Nearly 10 years in the making, La Farge's ambitious new work considers large worlds and small ones, love, memory, family, flying machines, dance music, and the end of the world. 256 pp. 15,000 print.
Published: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus And Giroux
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0374194319
ISBN - 13: 9780374194314