Armand Burke The Great Leap Forward

ISBN 13: 9781481097468

The Great Leap Forward

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9781481097468: The Great Leap Forward

A CULT CLASSIC! - No. 1 Satire on Amazon!
(Top 100 Free Books in Kindle Store - April 10 -11, 2013 and again on July 26 - 27, 2013)
And now No. 1 in Alternative History (Top Free Kindle Books, October 8 - 9, 2013)

If you like Kurt Vonnegut, Catch-22, Chuck Palahniuk, the Illuminatus trilogy and the Fu Manchu novels of Sax Rohmer, you will enjoy THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD - a comic fantasy of alternative history that defies categorization.  It has become a cult classic since its original appearance more than 30 years ago.

The year is 1978. China is an isolated empire of conspiracy, deception and delusion. From Radio Beijing comes the astonishing announcement: China will unilaterally disarm. Is this a Great Leap Forward for mankind--or a plot to take over the world?

Into this surreal landscape steps Number Five, a master spy of undisclosed nationality. What he finds in China is so shocking, so strange, so far beyond the usual categories of fact or fiction, that the story of his mission must be passed off as fantasy.  It's as if Kafka, Borges and Wittgenstein, after binging on Fu Manchu novels and the Illuminatus trilogy, had decided to write a spy novel, with a little help from Lewis Carroll.

Die-hard fans of thrillers and spy novels beware: Don't buy this book unless you're prepared to suspend your expectations in favor of a story that's funny, literary, and trans-genre'd!

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Armand Burke was born in the 1950s in a place whose name he does not care to remember. In his early twenties he found himself living in New York City and increasingly baffled by an obsession with China. At that time the Middle Kingdom was off-limits to Western travelers and in the midst of a political upheaval. After countless hours in the Far Eastern Collection of the New York Public Library, Burke realized that he would never find the truth about China in any of the usual places, least of all in China itself. Like Joseph Conrad describing a continent he had never visited, or Pierre Menard recreating Don Quixote word by word, he relocated his search, beyond outward appearances, to the deepest recesses of his own imagination. Sensing correctly that his discoveries in that chaotic region would be suppressed by the military/industrial/publishing complex, he wrote on the run—in an apartment in the Bronx, a basement in Colorado, a farmhouse in Vermont—while working as a bank messenger, an investigator and a storekeeper and reading the Illuminati trilogy. The result was The Great Leap Forward, which has been called “unequalled,” “unparalleled” and “extraordinary,” among other things. Today, except after a night of heavy drinking, he denies having written it. He lives on an island off the coast of Maine with two Siamese cats, three dogs, four pot-bellied pigs, and a Komodo dragon. You can give him a piece of your mind by writing to

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Armand Burke
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2012)
ISBN 10: 1481097466 ISBN 13: 9781481097468
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 282 pages. 8.50x0.71x5.50 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1481097466

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