A Hologram for the King

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A Hologram for the King
A Hologram for the King - book cover.jpg
Hardcover edition
AuthorDave Eggers
Cover artistJessica Hische[1]
CountryUnited States
Publication date
June 2012
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages312 pp (first edition, hardcover)
ISBN193636574X (first edition, hardcover)

A Hologram for the King is a 2012 American novel written by Dave Eggers. In October 2012, the novel was announced as a finalist for the National Book Award.[2]

It was adapted as a film of the same name, released in 2016 and starring Tom Hanks and Sarita Choudhury.


The novel tells the story of a washed-up, desperate American salesman, Alan Clay, who travels to Saudi Arabia to secure the IT contract from the royal government for the King Abdullah Economic City, a massive new complex being built in the middle of the desert.


Michiko Kakutani describes the novel as having a "Hemingwayesque voice" with some of the main characters' adventures taking on a "Kafkaesque flavor".[3] The novel also makes intentional analogies to Waiting for Godot.[3]


The New York Times review of the novel by Michiko Kakutani, was generally positive, noting "he has achieved something that is more modest and equally satisfying: the writing of a comic but deeply affecting tale about one man’s travails that also provides a bright, digital snapshot of our times."[3] San Francisco Chronicle reviewer Carmela Ciuraru described the novel as "an extraordinary work of timely and provocative themes, including the decline of American manufacturing, the sufferings of the middle class and the collapse of the global economy."[4]

Film adaptation[edit]

A film adaptation by the same name was released in 2016. German filmmaker Tom Tykwer wrote and directed the film, starring Tom Hanks, Tom Skerritt and Sarita Choudhury. Playtone and X-Filme Creative Pool produced it.[5]


  1. ^ "Jessica Hische - A Hologram for the King". Jessica Hische. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  2. ^ "2012 National Book Awards - National Book Foundation". www.nationalbook.org. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  3. ^ a b c Kakutani, Michiko (2012-06-13). "Dave Eggers's New Novel, 'A Hologram for the King'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  4. ^ Ciuraru, Carmela (August 14, 2012). "'A Hologram for the King,' by Dave Eggers". SFGate. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  5. ^ "Tom Tykwer's Tom Hanks-Starrer 'A Hologram For The King' Finalizes Cast". deadline.com. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.