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Franzen, Jonathan

Works: 233 works in 991 publications in 23 languages and 30,432 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Biography  Essays  Black humor  Psychological fiction  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Wildlife films  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Translator, Interviewee, Contributor, Creator, Other, Commentator
Classifications: PS3556.R352, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jonathan Franzen
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen( Book )

158 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 22 languages and held by 5,860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This novel follows several members of an American family, the Berglunds, as well as their close friends and lovers, as complex and troubled relationships unfold over many years. The book follows them through the last decades of the twentieth century and concludes near the beginning of the Obama administration. The Berglunds are the middle class suburban family that the neighbors just love to talk about. Walter, the successful and doting husband, and Patty, the tall ex varsity basketball player who bakes Christmas cookies for each resident of Barrier Street, seem like the perfect couple. But life is not the pretty picture presented to the world. When their precious first born is corrupted by the wanton girl next door, the edges fray on the Berglunds' family fabric. An old friend emerges, tall, dark and only slightly disheveled and mistakes are made
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen( Book )

81 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in 14 languages and held by 5,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and heart down the drain of an affair with a married man - or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home"--
How to be alone : essays by Jonathan Franzen( Book )

63 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 2,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author presents his 1996 work, "The Harper's Essay," offering additional writings that consider a central theme of the erosion of civic life and private dignity and the increasing persistence of loneliness in postmodern American
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen( Recording )

38 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and French and held by 1,571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idyllic lives of civic-minded environmentalists Patty and Walter Berglund come into question when their son moves in with aggressive Republican neighbors, green lawyer Walter takes a job in the coal industry, and go-getter Patty becomes increasingly unstable and enraged
Strong motion by Jonathan Franzen( Book )

49 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louis Holland inherits the family chemical business and meets someone who thinks the earthquakes around Boston are caused by human hands
The corrections by Jonathan Franzen( Recording )

29 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and French and held by 1,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Statistically, the Lamberts may be a typical Midwestern family. But in reality, they are far from it. Alfred, the father, is losing his fight to control Parkinson's Disease and dementia. His wife, Enid, no longer in control of her household, feels her choices slipping away. Their three grown children are struggling with their own clashes between dreams and disasters. But for one Christmas, Enid is determined to bring them together for the ideal family holiday
Purity : a novel by Jonathan Franzen( Recording )

21 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of Freedom Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother-- her only family-- is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother has always concealed her own real name, or how she can ever have a normal life. Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world--including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn't understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong. Purity is a dark-hued comedy of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Corrections and Freedom has created yet another cast of vividly original characters, Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers, and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Jonathan Franzen is a major author of our time, and Purity is his edgiest and most searching book yet"--
The Kraus project : essays : a bilingual edition by Karl Kraus( Book )

29 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Franzen presents new translations and annotations of the work of early twentieth-century satirist Karl Kraus, who, via his self-published magazine Die Fackel, "attacked the popular media's manipulation of reality, the dehumanizing machinery of technology and consumer capitalism, and the jingoistic rhetoric of a fading empire"--Dust jacket flap
The complete Peanuts by Charles M Schulz( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects the comic strip Peanuts, featuring the misadventures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang, from 1957 to 1958. Includes an essay on Charles Schulz' life
The twenty-seventh city by Jonathan Franzen( Book )

24 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1988, Jonathan Franzen's debut novel takes us to St. Louis, Missouri--it is a quietly dying river city until it hires a new police chief: a charismatic young woman from Bombay, India, named S. Jammu. No sooner has Jammu been installed, though, than the city's leading citizens become embroiled in an all-pervasive political conspiracy. Set in the mid-1980s, the story shows us an ordinary metropolis turned inside out, and the American Dream unraveling into terror and dark comedy. The Twenty-Seventh City predicts every unsettling shift in American life for the next two decades: suburban malaise, surveillance culture, domestic terrorism, paranoia
Spring awakening by Frank Wedekind( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First performed under heavy censorship in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind's play Spring Awakening closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid public outrage and charges of obscenity. The play's content was radical indeed: teenage sex, suicide, abortion, masturbation, sadomasochism. But even more radical was the unsentimental and brutally authentic comedy with which Wedekind treated it. The story traces the dawning sexual awareness of four teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, Wendla, and Hansy, who, in their painfully funny contradictions - they are at once too innocent and not remotely innocent at all - remain fresh and unsettling even in our own sex-saturated culture. Thanks to the acclaimed novelist Jonathan Franzen, we now have a definitive new translation, one unique in capturing the bizarre comic spirit that animates every scene of this classic play."--book jacket
Emptying the skies( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exposes the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe. Songbird populations have been drastically declining for several decades, with a number of species facing imminent extinction. This poignant documentary explores the wonder of these tiny globe-trekking marvels, millions of which are unlawfully slaughtered each year for large sums on the black market
How to be alone : essays by Jonathan Franzen( Recording )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents fourteen essays about the erosion of civic life and private dignity, and the hidden persistence of loneliness in postmodern America
Farther away by Jonathan Franzen( Recording )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "Farther away," which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of these times. Farther Away is remarkable, provocative, and necessary
Revenge of the Mekons( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The documentary tracks the unlikely musical career of one of the longest-running and most prolific of the first-wave British punk bands, charting their progression from socialist art students with no musical skills through their reinvention as the rabble-rousing progeny of Hank Williams. Featuring performances by the band as well as interviews with celebrity fans including Jonathan Franzen, Fred Armisen, Will Oldham, and Mary Harron
The discomfort zone : a personal history by Jonathan Franzen( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A memoir of Jonathan Franzen's growth from a small and fundamentally ridiculous person, through an adolescence both excruciating and strangely happy, into an adult with embarrassing and unexpected passions. This book is also a portrait of a middle-class family weathering the turbulence of the 1970s
Desperate characters by Paula Fox( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Otto and Sophie Bentwood live in a changing neighborhood in Brooklyn. Their stainless steel sink is new, their Mercedes is parked at the curb. But when Sophie is bitten by a possibly rabies-infected stray cat, a series of disasters begin to plague the Brentwoods' lives, revealing the fault lines in a marriage--and a society--wrenching itself apart.--From publisher description
Are we feeling better now? : Autobiografie und Fiktion by Jonathan Franzen( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La zone d'inconfort : une histoire personnelle by Jonathan Franzen( Book )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in French and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Franzen tente de procéder à son autobiographie : il révèle dans le désordre son attachement aux personnages de Charlie Brown, l'échec de son mariage, la mort de sa mère, la recherche d'un canard siffleur à ventre noir, la politique de Bush, son adolescence difficile
Jonathan Franzen's The corrections by Laban Carrick Hill( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Corrections
Alternative Names
Falancen, Qiangnasen 1959-

Franzen, Gʾonatan 1959-

Franzen, Jonathan

Franzen, Jonathan, 1959-

Franzen, Jonathan Earl 1959-

Franzens, Džonatans 1959-

Ionathan Franzen

Jonatan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen americký spisovatel

Jonathan Franzen Amerikaans auteur

Jonathan Franzen amerikai író

Jonathan Franzen écrivain américain

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Jonathan Franzen pisarz amerykański

Jonathan Franzen scrittore e saggista statunitense

Jonathan Franzen US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Jonathan Frenzen

Qiang na sen Fa lan cen 1959-

Qiangnasen-Falancen 1959-

Джонатан Францен

Франзен, Джонатан

ג'ונתן פרנזן

פראנזן, ג'ונתן

جاناتان فرانزن نویسنده آمریکایی

جوناثان فرانزن، 1959-

जानथन फ्रान्ज़ेन

ਜੋਨਾਥਨ ਫਰੈਂਸਨ

ଜୋନାଥନ ଫ୍ରାନଜେନ

조너선 프랜즌

프랜즌, 조나단 1959-

프랜즌, 조너선 1959-


フランゼン, ジョナサン


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