Memoir From Antproof Case

by Mark Helprin

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780156032001
  • ISBN-10: 0156032007
  • Pages: 528
  • Publication Date: 08/06/2007
  • Carton Quantity: 24

Also available in:

About the Book
About the Author
  • About the Book

    An old American who lives in Brazil is writing his memoirs. An English teacher at the naval academy, he is married to a woman young enough to be his daughter and has a little son whom he loves. He sits in a mountain garden in Niterói, overlooking the ocean.

    As he reminisces and writes, placing the pages carefully in his antproof case, we learn that he was a World War II ace who was shot down twice, an investment banker who met with popes and presidents, and a man who was never not in love. He was the thief of the century, a murderer, and a protector of the innocent. And all his life he waged a valiant, losing, one-man battle against the world’s most insidious enslaver: coffee.

    Mark Helprin combines adventure, satire, flights of transcendence, and high comedy in this "memoir" of a man whose life reads like the song of the twentieth century.


  • About the Author
  • Excerpts
  • Reviews


    "A prize performance . . . A funny, extravagant, prodigal piece of writing . . . rapturous and melancholy . . . its power never flags."—THE NEW YORK TIMES

    "Splendidly entertaining . . . Joyce and Nabokov could produce verbal astonishments as readily. Not many others come to mind."—TIME