Same Same: Book summary and reviews of Same Same by Peter Mendelsund

Same Same

by Peter Mendelsund

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Peter Mendelsund has crafted a deeply unsettling novel about what it means to exist and to create ... and a future that may not be far off.

In the shifting sands of the desert, near an unnamed metropolis, there is an institute where various fellows come to undertake projects of great significance. But when our sort-of hero, Percy Frobisher, arrives, surrounded by the simulated environment of the glass-enclosed dome of the Institute, his mind goes completely blank. When he spills something on his uniform - a major faux pas - he learns about a mysterious shop where you can take something, utter the command "same same," and receive a replica even better than the original. Imagining a world in which simulacra have as much value as the real - so much so that any distinction between the two vanishes, and even language seeks to reproduce meaning through ever more degraded copies of itself -

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"Starred Review. Mendelsund's novel of ideas makes a neat bookend to Richard Powers's Galatea 2.2 as a study of creation in the age of the smart machine." - Kirkus

"Slow to start, occasionally self-indulgent, but ultimately rewarding, this novel is absurdist, uncanny metafiction about the nature of identity, individuality, and authorship in an era of rapid technological advancement." - Publishers Weekly

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Peter Mendelsund

Peter Mendelsund is a designer and writer. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters.

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