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Man Versus Himself: a novel Paperback – August 5, 2003
About the Author
Erik Benson lives in Seattle, Washington, where he has been working at small and large Internet companies for five years. He maintains a personal site at erikbenson.com, and a website for this book at manversushimself.net.
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Benson's novel is timely in that it is colored with multiple planned communities, invasive information-gathering technologies, and office power politics. But its core is constructed around more timeless conflicts. When a man defines himself by what he produces, what happens once he becomes unproductive? And as our memory fails us, what remains of our identity? As death nears and our bodies deteriorate, what recourse do we have? Can we impose our identity on someone or something else? Will we resort to nonsense or destruction? Or can we find some synthesis with everything outside of ourselves and slip away quietly and peaceably?
Ultimately, Benson's first novel is a lyrical and fast-moving story that examines both group social behavior, the future of technology, and the most personal internal conflicts of man. It definitely holds up to multiple readings, which is my mark of a great book.