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Mark Danielewski is here to answer your questions about The Fifty-Year Sword

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Mark Z. Danielewski is famous for experimental, challenging novels like House of Leaves and Only Revolutions. Now he's back with The Fifty-Year Sword, a strange novella that was originally released in a tiny print run from a Dutch publisher and is now coming out in a 75,000 copy print run. There's also a snazzy limited edition.

Check out the cover and inside pages to the new hardcover of The Fifty-Year Sword, exclusively here on io9. And Danielewski will be coming here on the site to answer your questions, starting at 11 AM PST/2 PM EST. Start posting your questions for Mark Z. Danielewski below!


Hardcover edition of The Fifty-Year Sword from Pantheon Books.

In this story set in East Texas, a local seamstress named Chintana finds herself responsible for five orphans who are not only captivated by a storyteller's tale of vengeance but by the long black box he sets before them. As midnight approaches, the box is opened, a fateful dare is made, and the children as well as Chintana come face to face with the consequences of a malice retold and now foretold.


Hardcover edition

Signed/Deluxe version with latched-box and Nepalese binding
On sale November 13, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-307-90840-7
1000 copies