Title: The Flamethrowers
Publisher: Scribner, New York
Publication Date: 2013
Binding: Trade Paperback
Book Condition: Very Good -
Signed: Signed by Author
Second printing. Signed by the author on the title page: "Rachel Kushner." Book is square; some checkmarks and underlining throughout the text; spine uncreased; front and back wraps creased and edgeworn; an "Autographed Copy" sticker on the front wrap (sticker has a small piece torn off); front wrap has two circular blurbs, one stating "National Book Award Finalist" and the other "10 Best Books The New York Times Book Review 2013." Sleeve protected. Bookseller Inventory # 006114
Synopsis: Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller and most highly acclaimed novel of Spring 2013, the ?scintillatingly alive? (James Wood, The New Yorker) story of a young artist and the worlds she encounters in New York and Rome in the mid-1970s??electric, addictive, smart, and satisfying? ( O, The Oprah Magazine).
The year is 1975 and Reno?so-called because of the place of her birth?has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in that world?artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts. Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, she begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the estranged scion of an Italian tire and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro?s family home in Italy, betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow.
The Flamethrowers is ?a high-wire performance worthy of Philippe Petit? ( The Washington Post), ?a brilliant lightning bolt of a novel? (NPR), and an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake, the terrorist. At its center is author Rachel Kushner?s superbly realized protagonist, a young woman on the verge. Thrilling and fearless, this is a major American novel from a writer of spectacular talent and imagination. It ?unfolds on a bigger, brighter screen than nearly any recent American novel I can remember? (Dwight Garner, The New York Times).
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST ? NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2013 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
New York magazine?s number one book of the year and named a Best Book of 2013 by The Wall Street Journal; Vogue; O, The Oprah Magazine; Los Angeles Times; The San Francisco Chronicle; The New Yorker; Time; Flavorwire; Salon; Slate; The Daily Beast; Bookish; The Jewish Daily Forward; The Austin American-Statesman; Complex; and The Millions, Rachel Kushner?s The Flamethrowers was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller.
Includes a new essay by the author, with a folio of images
Reno, so-called because of the place of her birth, comes to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity?artists colonize a deserted and industrial SoHo, stage actions in the East Village, blur the line between life and art. Reno is submitted to a sentimental education of sorts?by dreamers, poseurs, and raconteurs in New York and by radicals in Italy, where she goes with her lover to meet his estranged and formidable family. Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, Reno is a fiercely memorable observer, superbly realized by Rachel Kushner.
?Superb?Scintillatingly alive?A pure explosion of now.??The New Yorker
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