By Ethan Canin

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this captivating novel, Ethan Canin, the author of America America and The Palace Thief, explores the character of genius, competition, ambition, and love between a number of generations of a talented family.

Milo Andret is born with an strange brain. A lonely baby turning out to be up within the woods of northern Michigan within the Nineteen Fifties, he supplies little inspiration to his personal expertise. yet along with his reputation at U.C. Berkeley he realizes the level, and the dangers, of his singular presents. California within the seventies is a seduction, commencing Milo’s eyes to the attract of either ambition and indulgence. The examine he starts off there'll make him a legend; the girl he meets there—and the rival he meets along her—will hang-out him for the remainder of his lifestyles. For Milo’s brilliance is entwined with a depressing desire that quickly grows to threaten his paintings, his kinfolk, even his existence.

Spanning seven a long time because it strikes from California to Princeton to the Midwest to long island, A Doubter’s Almanac tells the tale of a family members because it explores the best way ambition lives along destructiveness, obsession along torment, love along grief. it's a tale of ways the flame of genius either lighting and scorches each iteration it touches. Graced by way of beautiful prose and extraordinary storytelling, A Doubter’s Almanac is a shocking, suspenseful, and deeply relocating novel, a tremendous paintings by means of a author who has been hailed as “the such a lot mature and entire novelist of his generation.”

Praise for A Doubter’s Almanac

“[Canin] is on the most sensible of his shape, fluent, immersive, convinced. it's possible you'll no longer comprehend the place he’s taking you, however the characters are so shiny, Hans’s voice rendered so accurately, that it’s most unlikely to not belief within the tale. . . . the fragile networks of emotion and connection that make up a kinfolk are illuminated, as though via magic, through his prose.”Slate

“Alternately explosive and deeply interior.”New York (“Eight Books you must Read”)

“A blazingly clever novel.”—Los Angeles Times

“Math made appealing . . . Canin writes with such luxuriant attractiveness and delicate sympathy that even sufferers of Algebra II will keep on with his calculations of the center with rapt comprehension.”The Washington Post

“A masterful author at his transcendent best.”—BBC

“Elegant and devastating . . . A Doubter’s Almanac is exquisitely crafted. Canin takes us readers deep into the unusual global of his characters with out ever making us conscious of the trouble concerned. . . . a strange and fully desirable novel.”—NPR’s Fresh Air

“There is a shimmering loveliness to Canin’s glimpses of upper arithmetic. . . . A Doubter’s Almanac is a singular whose fulfillment is absolutely equivalent to the . . . tragedy it portrays. Ethan Canin knows either the attract of serious highbrow accomplishment and the associated fee it exacts from those that pursue it. not like his protagonist, his personal prodigious attempt has produced a piece of beautiful and enduring beauty.”Bookreporter
“Ethan Canin writes approximately arithmetic as brilliantly as T. S. Eliot writes approximately poetry. With this striking novel, Ethan Canin now takes his position at the excessive twine with the simplest writers of his time.”[b]—Pat Conroy
“A ebook that increases the bar for novelists.”[b]—Literary Hub

“Staggeringly bold . . . a narrative of majestic sweep.”—Paste

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L'organisation« scientifique » du travail était destinée à extorquer à l'ouvrier le rendement le plus élevé possible en l'enfermant dans un système de contraintes qui lui enlevait toute marge d'initiative. L'organisation et les techniques mises en œuvre reflétaient la volonté du capital d'exercer sur le travail une domination totale pour combattre « l'indolence», la paresse, l'indiscipline et les velléités de rébellion. L'usine était le théâtre d'une guérilla permanente, ·les os déployant des trésors d'ingéniosité pour soustraire d'importantes réserves de productivité (le plus souvent d'environ 20 %) à la vigilance de l'encadrement.

Tai social à l'État du capital contre les migrations intérieures, c'est-à-dire essentiellement contre les paysans sans terre, contre l'exode rural. Le modèle d'industrialisation qui a permis le développement de l'Occident et du Japon n'existe plus. Le type d'industrialisation n'existe plus qui a permis d'urbaniser et de salarier les masses rurales. Il disparaît même en Chine où est devenue obsolète et non concurrentielle l'industrie traditionnelle qui a fait vivre, avant l'essor du « communisme de marché », 110 millions de salariés employés à vie, auxquels elle assurait leur «bol de riz en fer», c'est-à-dire le minimum vital en matière de nourriture, de logement et de services.

L'accroissement trop lent de la demande solvable est le revers des faibles coûts de production 1 • Bref, les conditions d'une croissance endogène ne sont pas réunies; si bien que depuis le début 1994, le Japon transfère plus de capitaux en Occident qu'il n'en investit en Asie. Quand même des experts japonais s'alarment de ce que le Japon est en train de devenir "une grande puissance du chômage ".. , des leaders d'opinion de la région commencent à se demander si les problèmes sociaux et économiques de l'Europe, win d'être des signes de la décadence européenne, ne sont pas plut6t des problèmes structurels mondiaux qui, à l'avenir, n'épargneront pas l'Asie.

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