Leaving the Atocha Station (häftad)
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Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
192
Utgivningsdatum
2023-08-17
Utmärkelser
Winner of The Believer Book Award 2012 (UK); Runner-up for Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature 2013 (UK); Runner-up for PEN/Robert Bingham Award for First Fiction 2012 (UK); Short-listed for William
Förlag
Granta Publications Ltd
Dimensioner
19 x 186 x 126 mm
Vikt
140 g
ISBN
9781803510040

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'The sharpest and funniest novel I read this year' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday A hilarious, intelligent cult classic, from one of the most celebrated contemporary novelists. Adam Gordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid. Fuelled by strong coffee and self-prescribed tranquillizers, every day is a fresh attempt to establish a sense of self and an attitude towards his art. Not helped by his imperfect grasp of Spanish, Adam struggles with the underlying suspicion that his relationships, his reactions, even his entire personality are just as fraudulent as his poetry. Yet while his self-obsession runs riot he is at risk of missing the bigger and more urgent things that threaten to change the world around him in sudden and dramatic ways. One of the funniest and best-loved debut novels of contemporary times, Leaving the Atocha Station is a profound exploration of the creative impulse. 'Packed full of gags... Intensely and unusually brilliant' Geoff Dyer, Observer
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Gales of laughter howl through [this] remarkable first novel. It's packed full of gags and page-long one-liners... intensely and unusually brilliant -- Geoff Dyer * Observer * [This book] stood out from everything else I read this year -- Catherine OFlynn, Books of the Year * Observer * The best new novel I've read for a long time -- James Meek Seductively intelligent and stylish writing, mercilessly comic in the ways it strips the creative ego bare -- Peter Carty * Independent * Funny, uplifting and moving... Lerner's genius is to put into words that universal, often-lost period when most young people are commitment-free but weighed down with a sense of the nascent self... We finish this book feeling a little cleverer, and a little happier -- Isabel Berwick * Financial Times * Wonderful precision and comic timing... Superb -- Anthony Cummins * Metro * An anatomy of a generation's uncertainty and self-involvement, the novel offers a carefully constructed snapshot of a nation in doubt... Beautifully written -- Stephen J. Burns * Times Literary Supplement * The overall narrative is structured around subtle, delicate moments... They're comic but they're also beautiful and touching and precise -- Jenny Turner * Guardian * Hilarious and cracklingly intelligent, fully alive and original in every sentence, and abuzz with the feel of our late-late-modern moment -- Jonathan Franzen * Guardian, Books of the Year 2011 * [A] subtle, sinuous, and very funny first novel. . . . [with] a beguiling mixture of lightness and weight. There are wonderful sentences and jokes on almost every page -- James Wood * New Yorker * One of the most talked-about fiction debuts this year, it's a book for anyone who's ever been young and self-conscious in a foreign city. The Spanish travails (or lack of them) of Lerner's preening poet narrator are painful, well-observed and often very funny -- Hari Kunzru One of the funniest (and truest) novels I know of by a writer of his generation. . . . [A] dazzlingly good novel -- Lorin Stein * New York Review of Books * A dazzling first novel that does not flinch from difficulty but asks questions of language and art and what we can do with them -- Amy Sackville, Books of the Year * Big Issue * Utterly charming. Lerner's self-hating, lying, overmedicated, brilliant fool of a hero is a memorable character, and his voice speaks with a music distinctly and hilariously all his own -- Paul Auster I love to death Ben Lerner's novel . . . [A] significant book -- David Shields * Los Angeles Review of Books * A marvellous novel, not least because of the magical way that it reverses the postmodernist spell, transmuting a fraudulent figure into a fully dimensional and compelling character * Wall Street Journal * A slightly deranged, philosophically inclined monologue in the Continental tradition running from Bchner's Lenz to Thomas Bernhard and Javier Maras. The adoption of this mode by a young American narrator-solipsistic, overmedicated, feckless yet ambitious-ends up feeling like the most natural thing in the world -- Benjamin Kunkel * New Statesman, Best Books of 2011 * Lerner's remarkable first novel is a bildungsroman and meditation and slacker tale fused by a precise, reflective and darkly comic voice. It is also a revealing study of what it's like to be a young American abroad... for America, the path from The Sun Also Rises to Leaving the Atocha Station seems frighteningly downward -- Gary Sernovitz * New York Times Book Review * This debut has already created quite a stir in the US. Jonathan Franzen is a fan ("hilarious and crackingly intelligent") as is Paul Auster -- Alice OKeeffe * Bookseller * Billy Liar as written by Proust -- Tom Sutcliffe * BBC Radio 4's Saturday Review * Hugely entertaining -- Liz Jensen The author's poetic skills and sandpaper-dry humour mounted a charm offensive * Skinny * An extraordinary novel

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BEN LERNER was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1979. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations, and is the author of three internationally acclaimed novels, Leaving the Atocha Station, 10:04 and The Topeka School. He has published the poetry collections The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw (a finalist for the National Book Award), Mean Free Path and No Art as well as the essay The Hatred of Poetry. Lerner lives and teaches in Brooklyn.