From the author of »The History of Forgetting« and »Bleeding Through« comes an historical novel that is at once a comic picaresque and a treatise on the twentieth century.
In 1901, a woman named Carrie, while traveling in Europe, selects four men to seduce her, each with a version of the coming century. Inevitably, the future spills off course. Gradually we discover that Carrie%u2019s misadventures are implicated in her uncle%u2019s world of business and political espionage. For over forty years, Harry Brown was hired by oligarchs to erase crimes that might prove embarrassing. Thus, as he often explains, espionage is a form of seduction.
Enhanced by historical essays, »The Imaginary 20th Century« is a playful and yet deadly serious meditation on one sentence: the future can only be told in reverse.