Front cover of The Shanghai Gesture by Gary Indiana

1st Printing Features: Trade paper

The Shanghai Gesture

a novel by
Gary Indiana

$ 11.63 $ 15.50
Format:  Paperback
LIST PRICE: $15.50
PAGES: 232
PRINT ISBN: 978-0-9820151-0-0
RELEASE DATE: 4/1/2009


"[Gary Indiana] is the primary reporter of the underground, the dissociation of cultures, the new behaviors; there is a sense that if you want to understand what has happened in America, you would have to read Gary Indiana. And this newest book is a leap forward."
—Michael Silverblatt, KCRW's Bookworm


A mysterious bout of narcolepsy has overtaken the seaside hamlet of Land’s End, a funk endemic to the region since the wreckage a century earlier of the ship, the Ardent Somdomite. Inspector Weymouth Smith and unconvinced cohort, Dr. Obregon Petrie, attempt to thwart Fu Manchu’s latest ploy for world domination while confronting South American Piyas, matching wits with a club-footed ex-Stasi, as well as battling the latest technological crazes and their own drug dependencies.

The Shanghai Gesture by Gary Indiana =

The Shanghai Gesture by Gary Indiana = Fu Manchu + Gary Shteyngart + Hunter S. Thompson

* In most cases, none of these writers endorse this book. Our math formulas are supposed to be amusing anecdotes, similar to shelf-talkers in bookstores that say "If you like X, you might enjoy Y," or "This Book is like Cormac McCarthy writing an episode of Saved by the Bell with a soundtrack by Philip Glass."


"Half William Burroughs, half William Gibson... funny, in something of the parodic, tongue-in-cheek mode of The Princess Bride or Austin Powers. If you simply enjoy parody, wordplay, scabrous humor and mind-spinning narrative developments—The Shanghai Gesture might be just your kind of jeu d'esprit."
Washington Post

"An uproarious, confounding, turbocharged fantasia that manages, alongside all its imaginative bravura, to hold up to our globalized epoch the fun-house mirror it deserves. This most socially astute writer has fashioned a riotous artifact that is both self-contained and self-consuming; The Shanghai Gesture is at once a wicked riposte to contemporary failings and an aesthete's hallucinatory folktale. That the writing can balance Indiana's thoroughgoing pessimism with a yarn of such imaginative buoyancy is not the least of its achievements."

"Captivating and sometimes brilliant... a vaguely apocalyptic sci-fi picaresque that suggests the work of authors as diverse as J.G. Ballard, Laurence Sterne and Joseph Conrad. Indiana's powerful prose... achieves a gnarled lyricism and occasionally dips into delightfully left-field digressions on the Belgian Congo or imaginary telenovelas."
Time Out New York

"The Wizard of Oz meets Naked Lunch... this strange, filthy, uproarious little novel is a riveting read from start to finish."

"Ambitious... gonzo social satire."
Publishers Weekly


Author Gary Indiana

Gary Indiana is the author of several previous novels: Horse CrazyGone TomorrowRent BoyResentmentDepraved Indifference, and Do Everything in the Dark, as well as nonfiction works, Three Month Fever: The Andrew Cunanan StoryThe 120 Days of Salo,Let It Bleed: Essays 1985-1995Schwarzenegger Syndrome, and Utopia's Debris

for fans of

  • Best-selling Jewish Porn Films
  • Fu Manchu
  • J.G. Ballard
  • Joseph Conrad
  • Laurence Sterne
  • Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes
  • Naked Lunch
  • parodies
  • Sax Rohmer
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Wayne Koestenbaum
  • William Burroughs
  • William Gibson

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