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Lethem, Jonathan

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Most widely held works by Jonathan Lethem
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem( Book )

81 editions published between 1999 and 2019 in 19 languages and held by 2,683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A black comedy in New York's criminal underworld. The twitching hero--he suffers from Tourette's syndrome--is one of four misfits who were rescued from an orphanage by a man who gave them jobs in his detective agency. Now the man has been killed and the boys intend to get the killer
The fortress of solitude : a novel by Jonathan Lethem( Book )

67 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 2,366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Their friendship compromised by the belief systems of the racially charged 1970s, Dylan Ebdus and Mungus Rude share a series of misadventures based on their mutual obsession with comic book heroes
Dissident gardens : a novel by Jonathan Lethem( Book )

48 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 1,834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A dazzling novel from one of our finest writers--an epic yet intimate family saga about three generations of all-American radicals At the center of Jonathan Lethem's superb new novel stand two extraordinary women. Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist and mercurial tyrant who terrorizes her neighborhood and her family with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs. Her brilliant and willful daughter, Miriam, is equally passionate in her activism, but flees Rose's suffocating influence and embraces the Age of Aquarius counterculture of Greenwich Village. Both women cast spells that entrance or enchain the men in their lives: Rose's aristocratic German Jewish husband, Albert; her nephew, the feckless chess hustler Lenny Angrush; Cicero Lookins, the brilliant son of her black cop lover; Miriam's (slightly fraudulent) Irish folksinging husband, Tommy Gogan; their bewildered son, Sergius. These flawed, idealistic people all struggle to follow their own utopian dreams in an America where radicalism is viewed with bemusement, hostility, or indifference. As the decades pass--from the parlor communism of the '30s, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, ragged '70s communes, the romanticization of the Sandinistas, up to the Occupy movement of the moment--we come to understand through Lethem's extraordinarily vivid storytelling that the personal may be political, but the political, even more so, is personal. Brilliantly constructed as it weaves across time and among characters, Dissident Gardens is riotous and haunting, satiric and sympathetic--and a joy to read"--
Chronic city : a novel by Jonathan Lethem( Book )

46 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A searing portrayal of Manhattanites wrapped in their own delusions, desires and lies. Chase lives off residuals earned as a child star, living a life of cloistered ease, until a pop critic with a conspiratorial counter cultural savvy forces him to confront the answer to several mysteries tightly intertwined within the tragic fabric of the city itself
Four novels of the 1960s by Philip K Dick( Book )

11 editions published between 1012 and 2007 in English and held by 1,543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968), about a bounty hunter in search of escaped androids in a postapocalyptic society where status is measured by the possession of live animals and religious life is focused on a television personality, was the basis for the movie Blade Runner. Ubik (1969), with its future world of psychic espionage agents and cryonically frozen patients inhabiting an illusory “half-life,” pursues Dick’s theme of simulated realities and false perceptions to ever more disturbing conclusions, as time collapses on itself and characters stranded in past eras search desperately for the elusive, constantly shape-shifting panacea Ubik. As with most of Dick’s novels, no plot summary can suggest the mesmerizing and constantly surprising texture of these astonishing books. Posing the questions “What is human?” and “What is real?” in a multitude of fascinating ways, Dick produced works—fantastic and weird, yet developed with precise logic, marked by wild humor and soaring flights of religious speculation—that are startlingly prescient imaginative anticipations of 21st-century quandaries."--Résumé du site web de l'éditeur
The feral detective : a novel by Jonathan Lethem( Book )

28 editions published between 2018 and 2020 in English and held by 1,463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Convincing an enigmatic loner, Charles Heist, a.k.a. the Feral Detective, to help her search for a friend's missing daughter, Phoebe Siegler traverses the outskirts of California's stunning Inland Empire, where she discovers her companion's complicated relationship with warring tribes of outcasts.--
Five novels of the 1960s & 70s by Philip K Dick( Book )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Philip K. Dick: (1928-1982) was a writer of incandescent originality and astonishing fertility, who made and unmade fictional world-systems with ferocious rapidity and unbridled speculative daring. The five novels collected in this volume - a successor to Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s - Offer an overview of the range of this science-fiction master." "Martian Time-Slip (1964) unfolds on a parched and thinly colonized Red Planet where the unscrupulous seek to profit from a troubled child's time-fracturing visions. Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb (1965) chronicles the interwoven stories of a multiracial community of survivors, including the scientist who may have been responsible for World War III. Into this apocalyptic framework Dick weaves observations of daily life in the California of his own moment. Famous, among other reasons, for a therapy session involving a talking taxicab, Now Wait for Last Year (1966) explores the effects of JJ-180, a hallucinogen that alters not only perception, but reality." "In Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1974), a television star seeks to unravel a mystery that has left him stripped of his identity. A Scanner Darkly (1977), the basis for the 2006 film, envisions a drug-addled world in which a narcotics officer's tenuous hold on sanity is strained by his new surveillance assignment: himself. Regarded by some as Dick's most powerful novel, A Scanner Darkly mixes futuristic fantasy with an all-too-real evocation of the culture of addiction in 1970s America. Mixing metaphysics and madness, Dick's work remains exhilarating and unsettling in equal measure."--Jacket
A gambler's anatomy : a novel by Jonathan Lethem( Book )

15 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in English and Spanish and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An international backgammon hustler, who has amassed a fortune through psychic tomfoolery, develops a large tumor on his face that compromises his vision and eventually threatens his life, forcing him to pursue an experimental surgery and contemplate existential questions
You don't love me yet by Jonathan Lethem( Book )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An employee at The Complaint Line who listens to anonymous callers air their random grievances, Lucinda Hoekke falls in love with one of her frequent callers, but her romance has unexpected complications for Lucinda and her fellow members of an alternative rock band
The ecstasy of influence : nonfictions, etc. by Jonathan Lethem( Book )

20 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A career-spanning anthology of writings incorporates several new essays and includes numerous celebrity portraits as well as the author's musings on topics ranging from sex in cinema and drugs to cyberculture and graffiti
Lucky Alan : and other stories by Jonathan Lethem( Book )

22 editions published between 2015 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jonathan Lethem's third collection of stories uncovers a father's nervous breakdown at SeaWorld in "Pending Vegan"; a foundling child rescued from the woods during a blizzard in "Traveler Home"; a political prisoner in a hole in a Brooklyn street in "Procedure in Plain Air"; and a crumbling, haunted "blog" on a seaside cliff in "The Dreaming Jaw, The Salivating Ear." Each of these locates itself in Lethem-land, which can be discovered only by visiting. As in his celebrated novels, Lethem finds the uncanny lurking in the mundane, the irrational self-defeat seeping through our upstanding pursuits, and the tragic undertow of the absurd world(s) in which we live. Devoted fans of Lethem will recognize familiar themes: the anxiety of influence taken to reductio ad absurdum in "The King of Sentences"; a hapless, horny outsider summoning bravado in "The Porn Critic"; characters from forgotten comics stranded on a desert island in "Their Back Pages." As always in Lethem, humor and poignancy work in harmony, humans strive desperately for connection, words find themselves misaligned to deeds, and the sentences are glorious"--
Ernest Hemingway's The killers by Don Siegel( Visual )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melodramatic thrillers based on the Hemingway story about two hit men and their target, who accepts his fate as though he were already dead
Men and cartoons : stories by Jonathan Lethem( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lethem's new collection of stories (after The Fortress of Solitude) deals in themes of loneliness, missed connections, and betrayal, set against futuristic and near apocalyptic backdrops
Gun, with occasional music by Jonathan Lethem( Book )

37 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

PI Conrad Metcalf investigates the death of a doctor in a futuristic California where the government distributes mind-numbing drugs and menial work is done by animals. Jail is suspended animation in a freezer and curiosity is banned
Girl in landscape by Jonathan Lethem( Book )

27 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on a planet whose inhabitants are part human, part animal and part vegetable. The planet is described through the eyes of a family of immigrants from a post-apocalyptic Earth. By the author of As She Climbed Across the Table
The exegesis of Philip K. Dick by Philip K Dick( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Preserved in typed and hand-written notes and journal entries, letters and story sketches, Philip K. Dick's Exegesis is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick will make this tantalizing work available to the public for the first time in an annotated two-volume abridgement. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this will be the definitive presentation of Dick's brilliant, and epic, final work"--
As she climbed across the table by Jonathan Lethem( Book )

33 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A send-up on academia in which a California scientist discovers a gateway to an alternate universe. The gateway works similarly to a black hole in that it swallows matter, and the story concerns a man professor saving a woman professor from being swallowed
Shake it up : great American writing on rock and pop from Elvis to Jay Z( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar's Shake It Up invites the reader into the tumult and excitement of the rock revolution through fifty landmark pieces by a supergroup of writers on rock in all its variety, from heavy metal to disco, punk to hip-hop. Stanley Booth describes a recording session with Otis Redding; Ellen Willis traces the meteoric career of Janis Joplin; Ellen Sander recalls the chaotic world of Led Zeppelin on tour; Nick Tosches etches a portrait of the young Jerry Lee Lewis; Eve Babitz remembers Jim Morrison. Alongside are Lenny Kaye on acapella and Greg Tate on hip-hop, Vince Aletti on disco and Gerald Early on Motown; Robert Christgau on Prince, Nelson George on Marvin Gaye, Luc Sante on Bob Dylan, Hilton Als on Michael Jackson, Anthony DeCurtis on the Rolling Stones, Kelefa Sanneh on Jay Z. The story this anthology tells is a ongoing one: "it's too early," editors Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar note, "for canon formation in a field so marvelously volatile--a volatility that mirrors, still, that of pop music itself, which remains smokestack lightning. The writing here attempts to catch some in a bottle."--Provided by publisher
We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of two sisters who have become recluses after the arsenic poisoning of four members of their family
Amnesia moon by Jonathan Lethem( Book )

29 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A road trip through a post-apocalyptic America where the dreams of some can change reality, the pecking order is according to how lucky you are, and dog meat has become gourmet food. The protagonist, a youth named Chaos, makes the trip with a fur-covered girlfriend to find their past which they cannot remember
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Motherless Brooklyn
The fortress of solitude : a novelChronic city : a novelFour novels of the 1960sFive novels of the 1960s & 70sYou don't love me yetThe ecstasy of influence : nonfictions, etc.Ernest Hemingway's The killersMen and cartoons : stories
Alternative Names
Jonathan Lethem Amerikaans schrijver

Jonathan Lethem amerikansk författare

Jonathan Lethem amerikansk skribent

Jonathan Lethem écrivain américain

Jonathan Lethem escritor estadounidense.

Jonathan Lethem scrittore e saggista statunitense

Jonathan Lethem US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Ledŏm, Jonadan 1964-‏

Letem Dzhonatan

Letem, Dzhonatan 1964-

Letem, Gʾonatan 1964-

Letham, Jonathan 1964-

Lethem, Jonatham 1964-

Lethem Jonathan Allen

Джонатан Летем

Джонатан Літем

Летем А. Д

Летем А. Д. 1964-

Летем Джонатан

Летем, Джонатан 1964-

Литэм А. Д

Литэм А. Д. 1964-

Литэм Д

Литэм Д. 1964-

Литэм Джонатан

ג'ונתן לת'ם

לתם, ג׳ונתן 1964-

לתם, ג'ונתן

레덤, 조나단 1964-

리섬, 조나단 1964-

조너선 리섬 미국의 소설가, 수필가


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