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Nothing in the World, by Roy Kesey

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Nothing in the World, by Roy Kesey


Nothing in the World, by Roy Kesey


Publication Date: June 1, 2013
Paperback: 102 pages
ISBN: 978-0-979312-32-8

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Winner of the Bullfight Little Book Prize, Nothing in the Worldreceived unanimously great reviews, sold out its original 2006 printing in just a few months, and has remained out of print ever since. Dzanc Books is excited to bring this remarkable work back into print.


“A beautiful, powerful book: mythic, vivid, heart-rending. Kesey reminds us anew of how much power there is in an open heart and the simple declarative sentence. He also reminds us that war is a viral madness, infecting everyone it touches.”—George Saunders, author ofIn Persuasion Nation

“Roy Kesey’s Nothing in the World is as horrific and convincing as a nightmare. At its best it resembles the fever visions of Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God or Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son. In telling the story of one young man caught up in the disintegration of Yugoslavia, Kesey has written a story that pushes us beyond war and strife. Instead, we are taken on a morally shattering forced march to the limits of human endurance itself. It is beautiful, brave, and I will not soon forget it.”—Tom Bissell, author of The Father of All Things

"Nothing in the World is a mesmerizing tale of expulsion and return: this is as much a trance as a story. Here’s the Serbo-Croatian War as you’ve never seen it, its starkness and brutality balanced by the harrowing beauty of its landscapes. Roy Kesey is a fearless and very welcome new writer." —Anthony Doerr, author of Four Seasons in Rome

“In haunting, evocative prose, Roy Kesey captures the horrors of war, the insanity of genocide, as well as the fleeting joys of love. Nothing in the World is a memorable debut.” —Laila Lalami, author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits