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Barth, John

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ISBN 10: 0618131655 / ISBN 13: 9780618131655
Published by Houghton Mifflin, New York, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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The eleventh novel from this National Book Award winner, who's generally considered the dean of postmodernism in the U.S., whose work, which includes "The Floating Opera," "The Sot Weed Factor," "Giles Goatboy," "Chimera," and "The Tidewater Tales," is marked by his wit, humor and storytelling genius. "Coming Soon!!!" is the story of two novelists, one young, one old, racing each other to write a novel about a floating opera, a reprise of the older writer's first book, as well as Barth's first novel and Edna Ferber's "Show Boat" and all the ensuing musicals and films. Boards and text are clean and unmarked, tight and square; the dustjacket is near perfect, no tears, chipping, creasing, not price-clipped. A collectable copy. Bookseller Inventory # 004490

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, New York

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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In a novelistic romp that is by turns hilarious and brilliant, John Barth, the dean of postmodern fiction, spoofs his own place in the pantheon of contemporary fiction and the generation of writers who have followed in the wake of his literary trailblazing.
Barth's first novel in ten years, COMING SOON!!! is the tale of two writers: an older, retiring novelist setting out to write his last work and a young, aspiring writer of hypertext intent on toppling his master. Inspired by a gently sinking showboat replica called The Original Floating Opera II, grounded on a shoal somewhere in Chesapeake Bay as a hurricane (and Y2K) approaches, they race each other to write a novel about a floating opera -- a reprise of the fictional mentor's first novel, of Barth's own first novel, of Edna Ferber's literary monument Show Boat and its spawn of musicals and films. In the heat of their rivalry, the writers navigate, and sometimes stumble over, the cultural fault lines between print and electronic fiction, mentor and mentee, postmodernism and modernism.
At a time of intense renewed interest in postmodernism, COMING SOON!!! spotlights its legacy with the wit and irreverence that mark Barth as one of our most highly regarded writers. It is an extraordinary addition to, and a playful riff on, Barth's oeuvre, a series of books that have shaped contemporary literature.

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JOHN BARTH’s fiction has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, and the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. For many years he taught in the writing seminars at John Hopkins University. He is the author of such seminal works as The Sot-Weed Factor, Chimera (for which he won the NBA), and Giles Goat-Boy.

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