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Tristan Egolf LORD OF THE BARNYARD First Edition

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First UK edition, first print hardback of LORD OF THE BARNYARD Killing the Fatted Calf and Arming the Aware in the Corn Belt, by Tristan Egolf and published by Picador / Macmillan Publishers Ltd., London in 1998. With full numberline 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2 on the copyright page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean dark navy cloth boards with silver lettering to spine) with only light wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped (slight creasing to the top edges and faint markings at the back, a small moisture stain to the bottom edge inside the jacket). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.

Tristan Egolf (1971-2005) was born in Spain and resided in Philadelphia; Paris; rural Indiana; Vienna; Oxford, Mississippi; Amsterdam; New York City; London; and New Orleans. His father, was a National Review journalist and his mother, a painter.

Egolf was a young writer of astonishing prowess and imagination. His first novel was published in France in 1998 by Gallimard after it had been rejected by more than 70 U.S. publishers. Lord of the Barnyard was subsequently published in the UK and the USA and received moderately favorable reviews – with a few raves worldwide. His second book, Skirt and the Fiddle, was published in 2002 to even better critical response. On May 7, 2005, shortly after completing his third, the manuscript for Kornwolf, Egolf took his own life. He had also been working on a screenplay for Lord of the Barnyard, left unfinished. Outside his writing, Egolf achieved some renown as a political activist.

Lord of the Barnyard opens with the death of a woolly mammoth in the last Ice Age and concludes with a greased-pig chase at a funeral in the modern-day Midwest. In the interim there are two hydroelectric dam disasters, fourteen tavern brawls, one shoot-out in the hills, three cases of suspected arson, a riot in the town hall, a lone tornado, a coven of Methodist crones, an encampment of Appalachian crop thieves, six renegade coal-truck operators, an outraged mob of factory rats, a dysfunctional poultry plant, and one autodidact goat-roping farm boy by the name of John Kaltenbrunner.

Tristan Egolf's debut novel is a brilliantly comic tapestry of a Middle America - of overtaxed assembly-line workers snapping on the job one afternoon, leaving their posts in mid-stride and driving stolen oil tankers through highway-side Baptist churches. Lord of the Barnyard is a painfully funny, unforgettable work of fiction about the lengths to which any reasonably sensitive soul might be given by years of quiet desperation on the factory floor."

'An exuberant bildungsroman . . . outrageous.' —The New Yorker

'Wildly imaginative first novel . . . a spectacular fusion of the grotesque and the epic.' —Lev Grossman, Time Out New York

'A wild ride of a book ...possessed of a manic, epic energy . . . robust and intoxicating prose.' —Publishers Weekly

'A work of substance, significance and originality . . . its pages reverberate with mutant sociolects, odd concatenations, myth, drama and a ludic zest . . . it owes a discernible debt to Steinbeck and Faulkner, a more palpable one to John Kennedy Toole.' —The Times Literary Supplement (London)

'Homeric, hallucinatory. . . a Biblical apocalypse orchestrated by a rene- gade that could have come straight out of a novel by Céline . . . A revelation.' —Cosmopolitan (France)

'An outrageous, lyrical, jubilant epic . . . Without question, in Egolf's soul one can detect the spirit of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, J. P. Donleavy's iconoclastic Ginger Man, Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, and John Kennedy Toole's big comic imbecile of oedipal fury . . . Lord of the Barnyard is a tornado of almost Biblical proportion." —Le Monde (France)

410 pages.

ISBN: 0 330 36830 3

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