- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: The Unnamed Press (May 8, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1944700579
- ISBN-13: 978-1944700577
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Tan's debut novel is both a love letter to fandom and a sustained meditation on alienation, artificiality, and the sinister nature of capitalism. In this novel of interconnected narratives that mimics the shifting planes of a Rubik's Cube, characters appear and reappear in stories that pastiche various genres, from anime and video games to sci-fi thrillers and fan fiction... Tan is skilled enough to keep readers guessing about what that next mysterious movement might be. An intriguing, high-concept effort cut from the same generational cloth as Tumblr." —Kirkus Reviews
“Rubik darts between layers of time, space and reality―fictions within fictions that seem disparate at first but later reveal themselves as inextricably linked. Recalling … the surreal connected-universe storytelling of Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, Rubik is a shot in the arm of Australian fiction, one that will undoubtedly reveal more secrets on successive rereads.” – Books + Publishing
“Rubik is exhilarating... It is a mish-mash of coloured cubes, held together by tiny mechanisms, daring you to put the pieces back together.” – The Lifted Brow
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"Haunting, eerie, engrossing, and completely unexpected, Elizabeth Tan’s Rubik is a true original that will shock and surprise." —Foreword Reviews
“The very best experimental writers have an inspired and weird way of seeing the world that makes much realist fiction seem moribund. Elizabeth Tan’s debut is wonderful, brilliant and mind-bending, and a worthy heir to the experimental tradition.” – The Saturday Paper
"The disorienting effect of accreting, repeating details and unanswered questions makes the final cohesion of Tan’s only slightly fantastical Perth even more delicious. Tan’s careful layering and nuanced craft will gain a strong following among fans of experimental narratives." —Publishers Weekly
“Bold, brilliant, hilarious, and beautifully strange. Make time to read Rubik, for it will challenge all your received ideas about what fiction can or should do: here is the future of Australian writing.” – Ceridwen Dovey, author of Only the Animals
"Rubik is an absolute delight in its wit, kindness, and playful profundity; in its feeling that the human experience is prismatic, filled with hope and despair, darkness and joy; in its universes that are at once familiar and strange. A sparkling, poignant debut." – Brooke Davis, author of Lost and Found
“Tan’s imaginative leaps are mesmerising, her lyrical command masterful, and her narrative turns will keep you guessing. Rubik is an irresistible game that bends and shimmers between the known and the strange. Dare to play it.” – Jennifer Mills, author of Gone
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Excerpt: “Kish, unarticulated today, without bar lines, spine creaking like a hymn book;soft, old Kish, having dreamed last night of being an engulfed cathedral, ascending to consciousness in perfect fourths. Arched by a yawn.”
Now I suppose some would read that and find it lyrical though provoking prose but I read it as disjointed fragments of thoughts and found the style a bit frustrating to read. There may be a really good story here but I couldn’t seem dig deep enough under all the layers of disjointed thoughts to find it.