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The Mirage - Matt Ruff
The Mirage
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A mind-bending novel in which an alternate history of 9/11 and its aftermath uncovers startling truths about America and the Middle East 11/9/2001: Christian fundamentalists hijack four jetliners. They fly two into the Tigris & Euphrates World Trade Towers in Baghdad, and a third into the Arab... show more
A mind-bending novel in which an alternate history of 9/11 and its aftermath uncovers startling truths about America and the Middle East 11/9/2001: Christian fundamentalists hijack four jetliners. They fly two into the Tigris & Euphrates World Trade Towers in Baghdad, and a third into the Arab Defense Ministry in Riyadh. The fourth plane, believed to be bound for Mecca, is brought down by its passengers. The United Arab States declares a War on Terror. Arabian and Persian troops invade the Eastern Seaboard and establish a Green Zone in Washington, D.C. . . . Summer, 2009: Arab Homeland Security agent Mustafa al Baghdadi interrogates a captured suicide bomber. The prisoner claims that the world they are living in is a mirage—in the real world, America is a superpower, and the Arab states are just a collection of "backward third-world countries." A search of the bomber's apartment turns up a copy of The New York Times, dated September 12, 2001, that appears to support his claim. Other captured terrorists have been telling the same story. The president wants answers, but Mustafa soon discovers he's not the only interested party. The gangster Saddam Hussein is conducting his own investigation. And the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee—a war hero named Osama bin Laden—will stop at nothing to hide the truth. As Mustafa and his colleagues venture deeper into the unsettling world of terrorism, politics, and espionage, they are confronted with questions without any rational answers, and the terrifying possibility that their world is not what it seems. Acclaimed novelist Matt Ruff has created a shadow world that is eerily recognizable but, at the same time, almost unimaginable. Gripping, subversive, and unexpectedly moving, The Mirage probes our deepest convictions and most arresting fears.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780061976223 (0061976229)
Publisher: Harper
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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Tellulah Darling
Tellulah Darling rated it
5.0 Fall down the rabbit hole with The Mirage
Ruff’s first novel Fool on the Hill is one of my favourite all-time books while his Bad Monkeysis an acid trip of a read. (In a good way.) But I wasn’t sure how The Mirage would land. Well, he did a brilliant job. I love books featuring alternate histories or even just alternate cities. Ruff took th...
Evaporatio contestari
Evaporatio contestari rated it
4.5 Powieść o arabach
Mocno obawiałem się tego tytułu będąc negatywnie nastawiony do świata arabskiego. Natomiast recenzenci dawali dobre noty tej publikacji, wiec dałem jej szansę i nie zawiodłem się. Bohaterowie pomimo tego, że są arabami, okazali się być za razem ludźmi, a sama fabuła mnie wkręciła niczym śrubokręt śr...
Will's Reading List
Will's Reading List rated it
3.0 The Mirage: A Novel (P.S.)
The best parts of Matt Ruff's alternate War on Terror world are when the story seems like a waking dream: characters sense their version of events is not quite the reality, yet the scenes are infused with details too vivid to be anything less. These parts, especially during the first half of the no...
staciebnsn
staciebnsn rated it
This novel was...bizarre. I thought the premise sounded extremely interesting which is why I checked it out from the library, but the execution fell flat. It's not that the writing was bad (I thought it was actually quite good, actually, which is why I kept reading even after I realized I wasn't int...
Shelf Indulgence
Shelf Indulgence rated it
3.0 The Mirage
Do you remember where you were when the towers fell? Mustafa al Baghdadi does. He was busting whiskey smugglers on the Tigris River when he saw the planes, hijacked by Christian fundamentalist insurgents, crash into the Tigris and Euphrates Twin Towers, ultimately bringing them down. That act, on...
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