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Sorrentino, Gilbert

Works: 166 works in 501 publications in 5 languages and 15,340 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Humorous fiction  Experimental fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Musical fiction  Autobiographical fiction  Parodies, imitations, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PS3569.O7, 813.54
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Lunar follies by Gilbert Sorrentino( )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skewers postmodern culture in a bitingly satiric tour or imaginary gallery, museum, and performance art exhibitions. These fifty-three "reviews", named after geographic features of the moon, provide a guide through the lunacy of a contemporary art world valiantly maintaining its pretentions
Aberration of starlight by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

30 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set at a boardinghouse in rural New Jersey in the summer of 1939, this novel revolves around four people who experience the comedies, torments and rare pleasures of family, romance and sex while on vacation from Brooklyn and the Depression
The abyss of human illusion : a novel by Gilbert Sorrentino( )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and French and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Titled after a line from Henry James, The Abyss of Human Illusion consists of fifty narrative set pieces full of savage humor and cathartic passion - an elegiac paean to the grimly comic, unsentimental, and quintessentially American world Gilbert Sorrentino so brilliantly captured in his long and storied career."--Jacket
Mulligan stew : a novel by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

30 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As avant-garde novelist Antony Lamont struggles to write a "new wave murder mystery," his frustrating emotional and sexual life wreaks havoc on his work-in-progress. As a result, his narrative (the very book we are reading) turns into a literary "stew": an uproariously funny melange of journal entries, erotic poetry, parodies of all kinds, love letters, interviews, and lists as Hugh Kenner in Harper's wrote, "for another such virtuoso of the List you'd have to resurrect Joyce." Soon, Lamont's characters (on loan from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Flann O'Brien, James Joyce, and Dashiell Hammet) take on lives of their own, completely sabotaging his narrative. Sorrentino has vastly extended the possibilities of what a novel can be in this extraordinary work, which both parodies and pays homage to the art of fiction
A strange commonplace by Gilbert Sorrentino( )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Borrowing its title from a William Carlos Williams poem, A Strange Commonplace lays bare the secrets and dreams of characters whose lives are intertwined by coincidence and necessity, possessions and experience. Ensnared in a jungle of city streets and suburban bedroom communities from the boozy 1950s to the culturally vacuous present, lines blur between families and acquaintances, violence and love, hope and despair. As fathers try to connect with their children, as writers struggle for credibility, as wives walk out, and as an old man plays Russian roulette with a deck of cards, their stories resonate with poignancy and savage humor--familiar, tragic, and cathartic."--Publisher's website
Crystal vision : a novel by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

15 editions published between 1981 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Both comic and haunting, Crystal Vision invokes the world of magic and the arcane as filtered through a group of characters gathered on the streets and in the stores of their Brooklyn neighborhood to gossip, insult, lust, brag, and argue. In a series of seventy-eight short narratives, Gilbert Sorrentino perfectly captures the speech, illusions, and confusion of The Magician, Ritchie, The Arab, Irish Billy, Big Duck, Doc Friday, Fat Frankie, and many others. Through formal inventiveness, Sorrentino liberates these characters from the confines of realism and gives us their world - zany, vulgar, hilarious, and exuberant."--Jacket
Blue pastoral by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

11 editions published between 1983 and 2000 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I see him now! Somewhere out there in that gloaming that we call the Past that Time forgot - his ratty beard and frizzy hair, his hearty grease sandwiches, his rusted bicycle clips. An unlikely hero, your good faces seem to say ..." "And so we meet our hero Serge ("Blue") Gavotte, a modern-day Candide who quits his job mounts a piano atop a broken-down pushcart and sets off with wife and child on a visionary quest across contemporary America in search of the "Perfect Musical Phrase." From the dismal plains of the Midwest to the technicolor sunsets of the Southwest, Blue refuses to let financial troubles, lecherous professors or the burdensome weight of his piano prevent him from reaching his final goal." "A work of art masquerading as artifice, Blue Pastoral is a madhouse production whose hilarious cast of styles and forms includes everything from Rabelaisian lists to Swiftian satires to parodies of such pastoral modes as the eclogue, the idyll, and the elegy."--Jacket
Something said : essays by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

10 editions published between 1984 and 2003 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For over the decades, Gilbert Sorrentino has produced brilliant, penetrating essays and reviews, each one an uncompromising statement of what is good - and what is not - in literature and culture. Something Said collects in a single volume these definitive readings of such major twentieth-century innovators as William Carlos Williams, William Gaddis, Italo Calvino, John Hawkes, and Robert Creeley, along with critical writings on film, pop culture, and visual art." "This new expanded edition includes twenty-five pieces written since the publication of the first edition in 1984"--Jacket
Steelwork by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

22 editions published between 1969 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like a series of snapshots, this novel presents a picture of a particular Brooklyn neighborhood between the years 1935 and 1951, covering the Depression, World War II, the beginnings of the Cold War, and the Korean War. In short, colorful, dramatic episodes, the book details the collapse of a basically decent, homogeneous, and honorable group of people into a greedy, ignorant, and slipshod conglomeration, corrupted by money made available by the war economy
Imaginative qualities of actual things by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

20 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gilbert Sorrentino's third novel is about the New York artistic and literary world of the 1950s and '60s, specifically the artists, writers, and hangers-on, and phonies who populated that world. In a prose that is ruthless as well as possessed of an enormous comic verve, the dedicated, the stupid, the rapacious, and the foolish are dissected. Eight major characters, many of whom reappear in Sorrentino's later novels, are employed to allow the reader a variety of views of the same world.--back cover
Splendide-Hôtel by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

14 editions published between 1973 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sky changes by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

17 editions published between 1966 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tracing the New York-to-San Francisco journey of a family as husband and wife try to maintain the illusion that their marriage can be rescued, The Sky Changes records the unimaginable damage they inflict upon each other in order to force themselves towards divorce. Along the way, their two children become victims of the parents' failures and are dragged through the torment of this disintegrating marriage.--back cover
Little Casino by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and French and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These episodes from a Brooklyn long gone astonish with their penetrating, subtle detail
Under the shadow by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gilbert Sorrentino's newest novel takes the form of fifty-nine brief sketches with simple nouns as titles. these exquisite vignettes take place on a plane at once surreal, abstract, and ominous, describing a set of people and incidents derived largely from fragments of conversation and gossip gathered here and there.--back cover
Selected poems, 1958-1980 by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

11 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The moon in its flight : stories by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bearing his trademark balance between exquisitely detailed narration, ground-breaking form, and sharp insight into modern life, Gilbert Sorrentino's first-ever collection of stories spans thirty-five years of his writing career and contains both new stories and those that expanded and transformed the landscape of American fiction
The orangery by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

7 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Best American short stories, 1978( Book )

2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Odd number by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

8 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pack of lies by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gilbert Sorrentino is one of the most accomplished innovators in twentieth-century fiction, a position that is everywhere confirmed in this trilogy of novels, Odd Number, Rose Theatre, and Misterioso. Beginning with a series of interrogations (we never do find out why they are being conducted) about characters drawn from other Sorrentino novels and concluding with the reappearance of the same characters, Pack of Lies is Gilbert Sorrentino's testament to the supremacy of the imagination, a critique of the state of art and society, and a vicious comedy portraying a world of fraud and mayhem
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Selected poems, 1958-1980
Aberration of starlightThe abyss of human illusion : a novelMulligan stew : a novelA strange commonplaceCrystal vision : a novelBlue pastoralSomething said : essaysSteelwork
Alternative Names
Gilbert Sorrentino Amerikaans schrijver (1929-2006)

Gilbert Sorrentino amerikansk poet

Gilbert Sorrentino écrivain américain

Gilbert Sorrentino escriptor estatunidenc

Gilbert Sorrentino escritor estadounidense

Gilbert Sorrentino US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Sorrentino, Gilbert 1929-2006


English (241)

French (15)

German (9)

Swedish (2)

Hebrew (1)