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Same Same

A Novel
Narrated by: Euan Morton
Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the shifting sands of the desert, near an unnamed metropolis, there is an institute where various fellows come to undertake projects of great significance. But when our sort-of hero, Percy Frobisher, arrives, surrounded by the simulated environment of the glass-enclosed dome of the Institute, his mind goes completely blank. When he spills something on his uniform - a major faux pas - he learns about a mysterious shop where you can take something, utter the command “same same,” and receive a replica even better than the original. Imagining a world in which simulacra have as much value as the real - so much so that any distinction between the two vanishes, and even language seeks to reproduce meaning through ever more degraded copies of itself - Peter Mendelsund has crafted a deeply unsettling novel about what it means to exist and to create...and a future that may not be far off.

©2019 Peter Mendelsund (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

Same Same reaches literary heights.... Mendelsund’s first novel manages to be breezy and profound in equal measure. That balance is - as the programmers say - a feature and not a bug.... In using nonsensical jargon to expose the hollow core of the global Big Ideas industry, Mendelsund has produced - or perhaps reproduced - something entirely satisfying. Same Same is a substantial book about emptiness. It reminds us that there’s no here here unless we create it ourselves.... [And it includes] one of the most perfectly tuned passages of fiction I’ve read in a very long time.” (Andrew Ervin, The New York Times Book Review)

“A deeply inventive and wonderfully strange novel that takes dead aim at the question: does it matter if something's real?” (Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation)

“[Mendelsund] has a grand time serving up what would seem to be an extended metaphor for creativity...that would do Brian Eno proud. Mendelsund's novel of ideas makes a neat bookend to Richard Powers' Galatea 2.2 as a study of creation in the age of the smart machine.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)  

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