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The Echo Maker

A Novel

By Richard Powers

The Echo Maker
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2006,
    464 pages.
    Paperback: Sep 2007,
    464 pages.

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  • Richard Powers wrote most of The Echo Maker on a tablet PC using voice recognition software. He says, "I’ve always wanted the freedom to be completely disembodied when I’m writing, to feel as if I’m in a pure compositional state. Typing is a highly unnatural activity, and your writing style ends up reflecting the cognitive shackles."
  • According to an article in the Guardian (UK), before he was married Powers spent a year not speaking to anyone - at the end of which he'd written a 400-page novel but, as he puts it, had become "a bit weird".
  • For many years, he was uncomfortable giving interviews, and did not speak to the press until his third novel was published; his photograph did not appear on the dust jacket of his books until his fifth book - he finds the act of formally advertising his personality stressful and strange; an attitude he's been forced to abandon with his increasing success.
  • In The Echo Maker Powers explores ...

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