Elect Mr Robinson for a Better World | Granta

  • Published: 14/02/2013
  • ISBN: 9781847086525
  • 129x20mm
  • 192 pages

Elect Mr Robinson for a Better World

Donald Antrim

Having accidentally inspired the local suburbanites to draw and quarter the town’s blood-thirsty Mayor, Pete Robinson – civic-minded schoolteacher and enthusiastic historian of the Medieval Inquisition – embarks on a tenuous election campaign. But his sleepy town has entered a period of crisis; the local park is littered with landmines, the neighbours are building deadly moats around their homes, and his beautiful wife, Meredith, has discovered dark and powerful talents within herself, which threaten to transfigure their once serene lives forever. In amongst this chaos, can Mr Robinson satisfy the terrible will of the people?

By turns funny and phantasmagorical, fiercely intelligent and imaginative, Donald Antrim’s first novel of suburban civics turned macabre is a new American classic.

A strange and marvelous book ... It is a work of the utmost originality and artistic courage and it gets better, and deeper, each time you read it

Jeffrey Eugenides

A glorious piece of gallows humor... A mordant, morbid surburban gothic about the primative animal seething and roaring just to meet the social skin... rendered with a flawlessly controlled irony that's black as midnight and dry as bone. A gorgeous full-frontal assult on 'family values' and all such camp

Patrick McGrath

A slice of sulfurous whimsy

New York Times

The Author

Donald Antrim is the author of the novels Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers (both published by Granta) and The Verificationist as well as the memoir, The Afterlife. The New Yorker named him as among the twenty best writers under the age of forty. Antrim has received grants and awards from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. Antrim teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn.

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