The Floating Opera by John Barth

The Floating Opera is a novel by American writer John Barth, first published in 1956 and significantly revised in 1967. Barth's first published work, the existentialist and nihilist story is a first-person account of a day when protagonist Todd Andrews contemplates suicide. Critics and Barth himself often pair The Floating Opera with Barth's next novel, The End of the Road (1958); both were written in 1955, and they are available together in a one-volume edition. Both are philosophical novels; The End of the Road continues with the conclusions made about absolute values by the protagonist of The Floating Opera, and takes these ideas "to the end of the road". Barth wrote both novels in a realistic mode, in contrast to Barth's better-known metafictional, fabulist, and postmodern works from the 1960s and later, such as Lost in the Funhouse (1968) and LETTERS (1979).

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Floating Opera Mass Market Paperback 9898027 $2.50
Once upon a Time: A Floating Opera Hardcover 3991581 $5.00 $0.78 1994
The Floating Opera and The End of the Road Paperback 739341 $9.55 $1.12 1997
Floating Opera (American Literature) Paperback 1706186 $6.00 $5.17 2015
The Floating Opera; The End Of The Road Paperback 20243913 $7.43
The Floating Opera Hardcover 2598944 $44.13
Floating Opera Mass Market Paperback 5716252 $1.69
The Floating Opera Paperback 5940035 $1.65
Once Upon a Time: A Floating Opera Paperback 5658738 $3.48 $1.80 1995
The Floating Opera Hardcover 6914833 $9.95 1967
The Floating Opera Hardcover 3222555 $75.00
Once Upon a Time - A Floating Opera (American Literature) Paperback 8207794 $6.00 $8.44 2015