The Disappointment Artist: Essays

Jonathan Lethem (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$16.00
Publisher
Vintage
Publish Date
March 14, 2006
Pages
149
Dimensions
5.36 X 0.43 X 7.96 inches | 0.38 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781400076819
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About the Author

Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of two short story collections, Men and Cartoons and The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye, and the editor of The Vintage Book of Amnesia. His essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Granta, and Harper's. He lives in Brooklyn and Maine.

Reviews

"Lethem is one of our most perceptive cultural critics, conversant in both the high and low realms, his insights buffeted by his descriptive imagination."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"He fearlessly analyzes his influences--movies, books, artists, friends, parents--and his insights are highly personal, but also often universal, and thus these essays reach the highest goal of the memoir form."
--The Seattle Times

"This is a gem of a book. . . . Heartbreaking. . . . Mesmerizing. . . . A form of smuggled autobiography. . . . With a few deft strokes, the reader is left with a vivid image of Lethem's childhood." --The New York Observer

"Moving. . . . Absolutely fascinating. . . . Dense with allusion and insight." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"These marvelous explorations take us into the hiding places of the psyche, where second thoughts are assessed, secret-sharer sins confessed, and grief and loss redressed. In a collection as warmly engaging as it is ruminative, Jonathan Lethem shows himself to be as much a master of the personal essay as he is of contemporary fiction."
--Phillip Lopate