The Zero and The One

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'Ryan Ruby has written a brilliant and captivating novel ... dark as Patricia Highsmith's Ripley novels, with ... a setting that reminds one of Evelyn Waugh, and ... texture that evokes P.G. Wodehouse. It's as sharp as a tack, and the pages turn themselves'--Benjamin Hale

A bookish scholarship student, Owen Whiting has high hopes of Oxford, only to find himself immediately out of place. Then he meets Zachary Foedern from New York. Rich and charismatic, Zach takes Owen under his wing, introducing him to a world Owen has only ever read about.

From Oxford to the seedy underbelly of Berlin, they dare each other to transgress the boundaries of convention and morality, until Zach proposes the greatest transgression of all: a suicide pact. But when Zach's plans go horribly awry, Owen is left to pick up the pieces and navigate the boundaries between illusion and reality to preserve a hold on his once bright future.

Ruby draws us in to a mesmerizing tale which swaps the loss of innocence for the power of secrets and manipulation. A complex and engaging story full of suspense, twists and complex characters, Ruby has blended philosophy and narrative seamlessly to create an unforgettable experience.

What Reviewers and Readers Said:

'The Zero and the One is brilliantly erudite, deeply engaging, and full of heart. Ryan Ruby has captured something surprising – the ineluctable sadness of youth’ Lauren Elkin

'Skillfully plotted and … intriguing. An undeniably propulsive read' Publishers Weekly

'This is a rare book - a compulsively readable page-turner that is actually, unapologetically, smart' LA Review of Books

'A ferocious hybrid of a book: part novel of philosophy,part thriller, completely absorbing. It's the sort of book you read in a day –reminded, between gulps, of The Secret History and The Talented Mr. Ripley –and then spend months thinking about’ Ben Dolnick

'A gripping, intellectually agile book that dresses like acoming of age narrative, but soon reveals itself to be something new, wholly original and philosophically rich. If you've ever read a crime novel and wished for a deeper answer to the mystery – an existential Whydunnit rather than a Whodunnit – then this masterful work by Ryan Ruby will thrill you, and give you much ominous food for thoughtAlexandra Kleeman

'Beautifully written and minutely observed, The Zero and the One brilliantly encapsulates the agony and ecstasy of the search for meaning in late adolescence' Jenny Davidson

'The Zero and the One is a fast-paced, philosophical meditation on what qualifies as the worst crime one can commit' Booklist


REPETITION - If something happens once, it may as well have never happened at all. Unfortunately, nothing only ever happens once. Everything is repeated, even nothing. 

A British Airways jet, high above the coast of New England. The captain has turned off the fasten seatbelt sign, but mine remains strapped tightly across my waist. My fingers clutch the armrests, knuckles white. The air hostess evens her trolley with our row and bestows a sympathetic elevation of her eyebrows on me as she clears minibottles, plastic cups, crumpled napkins off my tray table. The other passengers regard me with caution. When I stumbled back from the toilet, I found that the young mother in my row had exchanged places with her tow- headed, round- faced toddler, who now stares obliviously at the white fields outside the window, in order to provide him with a buffer zone in case I were to do something erratic. Perhaps I’d been mumbling to myself again: a dangerous perhaps. 
  I tried to apologise to her, to explain that I rarely drink so much, it’s only on planes that . . . but no luck. She doesn’t speak English.
  It’s true, flying terrifies me. I can count the number of times I’ve done it on one hand. Twice with my parents. Once with school. Most recently, to Berlin with Zach during the Easter holiday. None of which has remotely prepared me to endure this seven- hour trans- Atlantic torture. Nothing- not a book or an inflight movie or even three minibottles of whisky- helps me to relax. The least bit of turbulence, every unexpected dip in altitude, signals The Beginning of a Crash. 
  On the flight to Berlin, Zach noticed my anxiety and argued that this was precisely what was so interesting about air travel. It was to be regarded, he said, as an exercise in amor fati. As soon as you stepped through the doors, you were forced to resign yourself to the possibility that your conveyance will turn into your coffin. Your fate was no longer in your hands, no longer under your control. In fact life was always like this, but only in special circumstances were we made aware of it. If to philosophize was to prepare for death he could think of no better place to practice philosophy than on an airplane
  His words were no comfort to me then. They’re even less of one now. The last thing I want to think about are preparations for death. And coffins. How does one transport a body across the ocean? On a ship? Down in the hold with the rest of the luggage? Maybe on every flight there’s a coffin going somewhere. At this very moment my t-shirts and toiletries could be nestling up with the dead.
  When it is time, the air hostess helps me firmly lock my tray table and return my seat to its upright position.   We’re beginning our final descent into New York, she explains.
  No Miss, I am tempted to reply. Not our final descent. 



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High Tension
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Loner
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Date de parution 15 mars 2018
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EAN13 9781787198869
Langue English

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