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Sorrentino, Gilbert

Overview
Works: 192 works in 492 publications in 3 languages and 14,913 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Experimental fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Musical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Parodies, imitations, etc  Musical settings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PS3569.O7, 813.54
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Mulligan stew : a novel by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

26 editions published between 1978 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 813 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
Aberration of starlight by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

24 editions published between 1980 and 2005 in English and held by 796 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
Crystal vision : a novel by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

15 editions published between 1981 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 632 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
Splendide-Hôtel by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

14 editions published between 1973 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Imaginative qualities of actual things by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

16 editions published between 1971 and 2007 in English and held by 519 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
Steelwork by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

15 editions published between 1969 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 515 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
The sky changes by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

14 editions published between 1966 and 1998 in English and held by 463 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
Blue pastoral by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

7 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In een mengeling van stijlen en vormen wordt het verhaal verteld van een man die, gegrepen door een passie voor pianomuziek, met vrouw en zoon door de Verenigde Staten reist op zoek naar het perfekte akkoord
Under the shadow by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 409 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 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The orangery by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

9 editions published between 1978 and 1995 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lunar follies by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 381 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
Something said : essays by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

6 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The abyss of human illusion : a novel by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 330 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
Little Casino by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Odd number by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A series of miniature masterpieces sealing Gilbert Sorrentino's reputation as the master of American avant-garde fiction
Pack of lies by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 291 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
A strange commonplace by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 285 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
Misterioso by Gilbert Sorrentino( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Selected poems, 1958-1980
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

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Languages
English (223)

French (5)

German (1)

Covers
Aberration of starlightCrystal vision : a novelSplendide-HôtelImaginative qualities of actual thingsSteelworkThe sky changesUnder the shadowSelected poems, 1958-1980