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With digitalculturebooks, the University of Michigan Press publishes innovative work in new media studies and digital humanities. We began in 2006 as a partnership between MLibrary and the Press, taking advantage of the skills and expertise of staff throughout Michigan Publishing. Our primary goal is to be an incubator for new publishing models in the humanities and social sciences.

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Matthew Derby
Following his celebrated debut collection Super Flat Times, Matthew Derby delivers a disturbing new set of stories that plunges us into a lonely heartland of misfits, outcasts, and would-be assassins who lurk in the shadows, searching for connection and meaning in all the wrong places

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Two boys discover that the title of their stop-motion animated film about Vietnam has been taken by director Stanley Kubrick. A 150-year-old woman on the run from the government is tracked down by the company who extended her life. A military contractor carrying his robot son in a gym bag struggles to find his way out of the Nigerian delta during a bloody civil war. The wife of an up-and-coming politician grieves his infidelity by prowling rooftops with a sniper rifle. Following his celebrated debut collection, Super Flat Times, Matthew Derby delivers a disturbing new set of stories that plunges us into a lonely heartland of misfits, outcasts, and would-be assassins who lurk in the shadows, searching for connection and meaning in all the wrong places.

Praise for The Silent History

“A compelling story about difference, rights and power."
The Guardian

"Here is a novel at once fun, clever and humane."
The Independent

"Entirely revolutionary."
Wired

Praise for Super Flat Times

"Beneath the busily mutating surface weirdness, the stories are rife with abandonment and loss."
Village Voice

“Artful social parody in a towering hypercontemporary mode, superbly scored for a chorus of wind-up cuckoos bleakly coming unwound.”
Kirkus Reviews

Cover image: “Sniper,” Steven Kimura

Matthew Derby is one of the authors of The Silent History, the first major exploratory, interactive novel designed specifically for the iPad and iPhone, now also available in a print edition from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is also author of Super Flat Times: Stories (Back Bay Books). His stories have been anthologized in The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories and The Apocalypse Reader, and his writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Conjunctions, The Believer, The Columbia Journal, Fence, and Guernica.

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Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 156pp.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2014
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-03615-8

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  • $17.95 U.S.

  • Open Access
  • 2014
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-90019-0

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