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Blood Meridian


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A chaotically violent and hauntingly beautiful novel from one of the greatest American novelists, Pulitzer Prize-winning Cormac McCarthy.

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Cormac McCarthy is one of the most enigmatic and reclusive superstars of the modern literary world. Living and writing from El Paso, Texas, he has shunned all requests for interviews, appearances at bookshops or literary festivals.Nonetheless, he remains one of the most admired writers of the last fifty years. His eight novels have received extraordinary reviews, being hailed as masterpieces of American literature. He has won the American National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for All the Pretty Horses, the first book of The Border Trilogy.Cormac McCarthy is the author of twelve novels and a play. All his novels are available in Picador editions. He died in June 2023.


Blood Meridian is his masterpiece . . . An astonishing sanguinary epic dealing with the Indian wars of the 1840s in West Texas and Mexico . . . Unlike anything I have ever read in recent years, an extraordinary, breathtaking achievement
*John Banville, author of The Sea*

A bloody and starkly beautiful tale
*Sunday Times*

Possibly the greatest American novel of the past 25 years
*Aleksandar Hemon, author of The World and All That It Holds and The Lazarus Project*

I have rarely encountered anything as powerful, as unsettling, or as memorable as Blood Meridian . . . A nightmare odyssey
*Evening Standard*

The Judge is the book, and the Judge is, short of Moby Dick, the most monstrous apparition in all of American literature
*Harlold Bloom, on the character of Judge Holden in Blood Meridian*

McCarthy distances us not only from the historical past, not only from our cowboy-and-Indian images of it, but also revisionist theories that make white men the villains and Indians the victims. All men are unremittingly bloodthirsty here, poised at a peak of violence, the "meridian" from which their civilization will quickly fall
*New York Times Book Review*

In Blood Meridian, McCarthy reaches the peak of his style: spare and ornate at once, repetitious but endlessly readable

Blood Meridian, published in 1985, is a brilliant, uncompromising work of fiction – imagine if the authors of the King James Bible, their hands guided Satan, wrote a western
*The Times*

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