Leaving the Atocha Station (häftad)
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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
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Leaving the Atocha Station (häftad)

Leaving the Atocha Station

Häftad Engelska, 2013-03-07
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Adam Gordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid, struggling to establish his sense of self and his attitude towards art. Fuelled by strong coffee and self-prescribed tranquillizers, Adam's 'research' soon becomes a meditation on the possibility of authenticity, as he finds himself increasingly troubled by the uncrossable distance between himself and the world around him. It's not just his imperfect grasp of Spanish, but the underlying suspicion that his relationships, his reactions, and his entire personality are just as fraudulent as his poetry.
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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 O'Flynn, 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 Buchner's Lenz to Thomas Bernhard and Javier Marias. 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 O'Keeffe * 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 about the intersections of art and reality in contemporary life -- John Ashbery [In th

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Born in Kansas in 1979, BEN LERNER is the author of three books of poetry, The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. He has been a finalist for the National Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and the recipient of a Howard Foundation Fellowship. In 2011 he became the first American to win the Munster State Prize for International Poetry. In 2013 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches in the writing program at Brooklyn College. This is his first novel.