Mark Z. Danielewski Giving Away Ten Galley Copies of The Fifty Year Sword On Facebook

Mark Z. Danielewski  Giving Away 10 Copies of The Fifty Year Sword

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The link will lead you to a Facebook page. Therein, you'll have a chance to win 1 of 10 galley copies of The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski. When you hit the 'like' button, you'll be taken to an entry form. 

The Fifty Year Sword is a novella, for which only 1,000 copies were printed in 2005, and another in 2006. Danielewski has said there were plans for a future US printing--I guess this is it? The cover will be revealed on internet nerd-haven io9 this Thursday at 2 p.m. EST. 

Here's what the Facebook page says about The Fifty Year Sword

In this story set in East Texas, a local seamstress named Chintana finds herself responsible for five orphans who are not only captivated by a storyteller's tale of vengeance but by the long black box he sets before them. As midnight approaches, the box is opened, a fateful dare is made, and the children as well as Chintana come face to face with the consequences of a malice retold and now foretold.

Wikipedia reveals more: 

The Fifty Year Sword uses strange formatting and colors throughout the book, much like Danielewski's previous work, House of Leaves. However, unlike House of Leaves which only contained three colors (blue, red, and purple), The Fifty Year Sword contains 5 colors which are used on quotation marks. The colors indicate which of 5 characters is speaking at the moment, according to the introduction of the book.

Excited? Anyone actually read this? 

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Kasey's picture
Kasey from the morally and physically challenging plains of Texas is reading 12pt. Courier font August 21, 2012 - 2:12pm

Yeah read it, you see where he was experimenting further with the use of font, specifically color, where each color represented a different voice.  Getting a copy to read required an inter library loan that eventually found a copy at Texas Tech, of all places, and I took it with me to L.A. when I interviewed him last, got him to autograph it for the library there.

A very classic tale, and the sword itself in the story is quite epic, you wonder if Tarantino read this before coming up with the sword(s) in Kill Bill.  

I hope the format, the book is unusually tall, remains the same, and that it is still hardback.  we shall see.



Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine August 21, 2012 - 7:46pm

Those thousand copies were released in the Netherlands. I bought one from a Dutch website, which was difficult, because the order form was entirely in Dutch. That, and it wound up costing like $50. Mine's not signed, but I wonder what it's worth.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this August 21, 2012 - 8:43pm

OK, but seriously. Why the cats, Josh? 

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine August 21, 2012 - 9:07pm

Because they are cute. And dude loves cats.