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The design of Mark Z. Danielewski’s latest novel, Only Revolutions, practically dares you to figure out how to read the damn thing­: Narratives run upside-down and right-side up, O’s and zeros are printed in green and gold, and sidebars list moments from 140-odd years of world history, from massacres to Super Bowl matchups. The story itself, though, is fairly uncomplicated: Two 16-year-olds, Sam and Hailey, fall in love and travel across the country, from New Hope, Pa., to rural Montana. They’re almost perpetually driving­—to evoke the sweep of history, the brand of car keeps changing, from a Model T to a Chrysler Concorde­—and Danielewski’s abstracted prose constantly suggests movement and rotation. (Nobody “dies” in the book; they “go.”) Anybody who prefers their stories told straight can easily dismiss the novel as a dadaist version of “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” but the book’s Beat-like rhythms can be a joy to sink into. Danielewski discusses and signs copies of his work at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 1307 19th St. NW. Free. (202) 785-1133.