About a Mountain

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When John D'Agata helps his mother move to Las Vegas one summer, he begins to follow a story about the federal government's plan to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain; the result is a startling portrait that compels a reexamination of the future of human life.

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"Unquestionably art, a breathtaking piece of writing."—Charles Bock, The New York Times Book Review

"John D’Agata is a sublime technician of language and a writer of the gravest moral concerns. Beneath a blizzard of fact he forges a lament for nothing less than the future of civilization and, just for good measure, reengineers the possibilities for literature itself. It’s a brilliant, sorrowful book that shows us, with piercing, lyric detail, how vulnerable our most basic assumptions really are. Here is the literary essay raised to the highest form of art." —Ben Marcus, author of Notable American Women

"John D’Agata, in this brilliantly unsettling new book, picks up a thread, or several threads, and follows them, stays with them, letting each lead him deeper and deeper into uncharted territory, until by the end we are in the dark heart of America. Utterly amazing." —Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and The Ticking Is the Bomb

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Author John D'Agata
Publisher W.W. Norton
Page Count 236pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.25
Publication Notes Paperback
Publication Date February 2011
ISBN 978-0393339017

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