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Anders Nilsen was born in New Hampshire and now lives in Chicago. He has a BFA in painting and illustration from the University of NewMexico in Albuquerque. He is the author of Dogs and Water and Don't Go Where I Can't Follow.

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"Nilsen is an exquisite draftsman with incredible patience for textures." --Glen David Gold, Los Angeles Times on Anders Nilsen "Anders Nilsen must be a genius. " --Giant Robot on Anders Nilsen "Nilsen uses spare renderings to create a haunting narrative that will leave you wondering whether you've read a book or walked through a dream. " --The Washington Post on Anders Nilsen Nilsen is an exquisite draftsman with incredible patience for textures. "Glen David Gold, Los Angeles Times on Anders Nilsen" Anders Nilsen must be a genius. "Giant Robot on Anders Nilsen" Nilsen uses spare renderings to create a haunting narrative that will leave you wondering whether you've read a book or walked through a dream. "The Washington Post on Anders Nilsen"" Praise for Anders Nilsen "Nilsen is an exquisite draftsman with incredible patience for textures." "--"Glen David Gold, " Los Angeles Times ""Anders Nilsen must be a genius." "--Giant Robot ""Nilsen uses spare renderings to create a haunting narrative that will leave you wondering whether you've read a book or walked through a dream." "--The Washington Post" Praise for Anders Nilsen "Nilsen is an exquisite draftsman with incredible patience for textures." "--"Glen David Gold, " Los Angeles Times ""Anders Nilsen must be a genius." "--Giant Robot ""Nilsen uses spare renderings to create a haunting narrative that will leave you wondering whether you've read a book or walked through a dream." "--The Washington Post" Praise for Anders Nilsen: "Nilsen is an exquisite draftsman with incredible patience for textures." "--"GLEN DAVID GOLD", Los Angeles Times ""Anders Nilsen must be a genius." "--Giant Robot ""Nilsen uses spare renderings to create a haunting narrative that will leave you wondering whether you've read a book or walked through a dream." "--The Washington Post" Praise for Anders Nilsen: "Nilsen is an exquisite draftsman with incredible patience for textures." "-"GLEN DAVID GOLD", Los Angeles Times ""Anders Nilsen must be a genius." "-Giant Robot ""Nilsen uses spare renderings to create a haunting narrative that will leave you wondering whether you've read a book or walked through a dream." "-The Washington Post"

Epic in its scale and circumscribed in focus, Nilsen's incisive Big Questions is a philosophical novel that uses the techniques of fable to investigate faith, society, disillusionment, and catastrophe. A dozen years in the making, Nilsen's 600+-page story depicts the lives, bonds, and quarrels of a group of quizzical birds whose ontology is challenged by the appearance of a bomb, a crashed airplane, and a narcoleptic human pilot. At first these talkative avians resemble Charles Schulz's Linus with their naive philosophizing. But as the situation escalates, the book demonstrates how, in the absence of knowledge, germinal philosophy and early religion can be much the same thing. Competing mythologies, ideologies, and messianic fervor cause rifts within a community that otherwise unites as part of nature's predatory food chain. Nilsen outlines his figures with a thin but commanding line, and builds texture and atmosphere with dense stippling and hatching, creating a lush, verdant landscape. His breathtaking vistas resonate with his characters' struggle to assemble meaning from incomprehensible events-and to rebuild their world from the pieces left over. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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