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The Dream of Perpetual Motion Paperback – February 1, 2011

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“An extravagantly wondrous and admirable first novel.” ―The Washington Post Book World

“A singular riff on steampunk--sophisticated, subversive entertainment that never settles for escapism.” ―Jeff VanderMeer, The New York Times Book Review

“A gorgeously surreal first novel.” ―Matthew Shaer, Bookforum

“The breadth and depth of Dexter Palmer's storytelling is exhilarating. He's written a smart, funny, sad, and beautiful novel, full of magic, mystery, mechanical men, and a delightful amount of mayhem.” ―Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Ruins

“Dexter Palmer has written a strange, passionate, enthralling first novel, a novel that is itself a kind of perpetual motion machine--constantly turning, giving off more energy than it receives, its movement at once beautiful and counterintuitive.” ―Kevin Brockmeier, New York Times bestselling author of The Brief History of the Dead

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DEXTER PALMER lives in Princeton, New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Princeton University, where he completed his dissertation on the work of James Joyce, William Gaddis, and Thomas Pynchon (and where he also staged the first academic conference ever held at an Ivy League university on the subject of video games).

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador; Reprint edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 356 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0312680538
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0312680534
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.47 x 0.96 x 8.29 inches
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Dexter Palmer is the author of The Dream of Perpetual Motion (St. Martin's Press, 2010) and Version Control (Pantheon, 2016). He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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