The Howler and the Ass.

Coming in 2010: Spit-take worthy?

Yann Martel, Beatrice and Virgil (Spiegel & Grau, April). A donkey and a howler monkey undertake an epic journey together.

In other forthcoming-book news, Tom McCarthy’s new book C will arrive in September, and some internet rumors have Vintage releasing his 2007 book Men in Space – which I uncharacteristically ordered from the UK when it published there, and enjoyed it. Also, David Mitchell’s “forthcoming Japan novel” has a title: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, and this oblique summary at BezosTown. If you haven’t read McCarthy’s Remainder and/or Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, take a look through the Condalmo archives for posts in which I display giggling fanboy behaviors and laud them up and down. Or spare us both the embarrassment and go read the books now.

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