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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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'Heartbreaking? Certainly. Staggering? Yes, I'd say so. And if genius is capturing the universal in a fresh and memorable way, call it that too' Anthony Quinn, Sunday Times 'Is this how all orphans would speak - "I am at once pitiful and monstrous, I know" - if they had Dave Eggers's prodigious linguistic gifts? For he does write wonderfully, and this is an extremely impressive debut' John Banville, Irish Times 'A virtuosic piece of writing, a big, daring, manic-depressive stew of a book that noisily announces the debut of a talented - yes, staggeringly talented - new writer' - Michiko Kakutani, New York Times 'Exhilarating . . . Profoundly moving, occasionally angry and often hilarious . . . A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is, finally, a finite book of jest, which is why it succeeds so brilliantly' - New York Times Book Review 'What is really shocking and exciting is the book's sheer rage. AHWOSG is truly ferocious, like any work of genius. Eggers - self-reliant, transcendent, expansive - is Emerson's ideal Young American. [The book] does itself justice: it is a settling of accounts. And it is almost too good to be believed' - London Review of Books 'A hilarious book . . . In it, literary gamesmanship and self-consciousness are trained on life's most unendurable experience, used to examine a memory too scorching to stare at, as one views an eclipse by projecting sunlight onto paper through a pinhole' - Time 'Eggers evokes the terrible beauty of youth like a young Bob Dylan, frothing with furious anger . . . He takes us close, shows us as much as he can bear . . . His book is a comic and moving witness that transcends and transgresses formal boundaries' - Washington Post
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geboren 1971, wuchs in der Nähe von Chicago auf und besuchte die Universität von Illinois. Er gründete 1998 den unabhängigen Verlag McSweeney&#8242,s, in dem er seine Bücher veröffentlicht, ein vierteljährliches Literaturmagazin, die Monatszeitschrift The Believer und die Website www.mcsweeneys.net herausgibt.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 437
Altersempfehlung ab 18
Erscheinungsdatum 21.09.2007
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-330-45671-5
Verlag Pan Macmillan
Maße (L/B/H) 19,5/13/3,5 cm
Gewicht 352 g
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von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Bern am 11.09.2013
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As I read this book in English (I'm from Holland), it's reading experience came very close to Catcher in the rye. The combination of humor with sincere teenage angst is very sincere. One of the greater books I read this year (I read around 14 a year, choosen "wisely").... As I read this book in English (I'm from Holland), it's reading experience came very close to Catcher in the rye. The combination of humor with sincere teenage angst is very sincere. One of the greater books I read this year (I read around 14 a year, choosen "wisely"). An easy read yet lingering for months. 4 stars because it's close to Salinger's novel.