Is a New Dave Eggers Novel on the Way?

April 25, 2012 | 3

A tipster has pointed us to a mention of what seems to be a new Dave Eggers novel on the back cover of a catalog from a Dutch publisher. the title translates loosely to A Hologram for the King. A description from a Dutch bookselling site (again translated poorly by Google Translate) suggest that the book will follow an American in Saudi Arabia where he tries to sell holographic technology to King Abdullah. We’ve seen no other mentions of this book anywhere, and so far McSweeney’s hasn’t responded to our questions. Anyone out there know more?

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.


  1. Max – At the Antiquarian Book Show show in Manhattan two weeks ago, I saw a copy of the unpublished Hologram for the King ms for sale at a booth by for $350. It was marked as a copy that had been sent to the National Book Awards for consideration? It seemed pretty strange to me, and I wasn’t entirely sure I believed that was the source… and didn’t know how legit it was to be selling it at the fair either. But that was the title and it looked fairly real at least!

  2. He had a piece in McSweeney’s 38 titled “Chapter One,” which was about an American businessman in Saudi Arabia trying to get an audience with the king. It didn’t get into holograms, but definitely sounds like the same novel.

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