[…] a Molotov cocktail of a book, an incendiary experience for readers that breaks through the mundanity of life, work, and love to achieve greatness.

Off the Shelf

Called “remarkable” (The Wall Street Journal) and “an ambitious, colossal debut novel” (Publishers Weekly), Helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai is back in print at last

The Last Samurai

Fiction by Helen DeWitt

Your Independent Bookstore Barnes & Noble

Paperback (published May 31, 2016)

ISBN
9780811225502
Price US
18.95
Price CN
24.95
Trim Size
5 x 8
Page Count
576

Ebook (published May 31, 2016)

ISBN
9780811225519

[…] a Molotov cocktail of a book, an incendiary experience for readers that breaks through the mundanity of life, work, and love to achieve greatness.

Off the Shelf

DeWitt’s fiction is lethal, limitless, and economical. She has more fun on the page than most.

The Rumpus

A rare work of knowledge porn that actually conveys knowledge.

The Millions

An elegant—and newly useful—meditation…As much as The Last Samurai is a novel about a mother’s struggle to raise a son on her own, it is also a novel about art—not making art, but consuming it and engaging with it in a million informal, inappropriate, but profoundly meaningful ways.

Slate

DeWitt pushes against the limitations of the novel as a form; reading her, one wants to push against the limitations of one’s own brain.

The Paris Review

The book has been a great source of motivation for me. I must outdo Ludo, because he is younger than I am but smarter than I am. My father says that this is ridiculous, as Ludo is a fictional character. But this is precisely my point: how can I let a character who isn’t even real outdo me?

—Daniel (Age 14)

The Last Samurai is an original work of brilliance about, in part, the limits of brilliance.

Time

A triumph—a genuinely new story, a genuinely new form.

—A. S. Byatt, The New Yorker