Arthur maxley is a young man at the end of his emotional rope. Having dropped out of college, he’s holed up in a big-city hotel, living off an allowance from his family, feeling nothing but alone and doing nothing but drinking to forget it. They’ve been estranged for years, and yet arthur wants to meet—and so he does, reeling away from the encounter for a night of drinking and dancing and a final reckoning with the traumatizing past that readers will not soon forget.
Nothing but the Night New York Review Books Classics #ad - This edition of nothing but the Night includes an interview with Nancy Gardner Williams, the author’s widow.
Butcher's Crossing New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - He convinces andrews to join in an expedition to track the animals down. Winter soon overtakes them: they are snowed in. He washes up in butcher’s Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere. Butcher’s crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it. Once there, the three men abandon themselves to an orgy of slaughter, however, so caught up in killing buffalo that they lose all sense of time.
Next spring, half-insane with cabin fever, cold, and hunger, they stagger back to Butcher’s Crossing to ﬁnd a world as irremediably changed as they have been. New york Review of Books. With butcher’s crossing, his fiercely intelligent, beautifully written western, Williams dismantles the myths of modern America.
Butcher's Crossing New York Review Books Classics #ad - It is the 1870s, and will andrews, ﬁred up by Emerson to seek “an original relation to nature, ” drops out of Harvard and heads west. In his national book award–winning novel Augustus, John Williams uncovered the secrets of ancient Rome. The journey out is grueling, but at the end is a place of paradisal richness.
Before long andrews strikes up a friendship with one of them, a man who regales Andrews with tales of immense herds of buffalo, ready for the taking, hidden away in a beautiful valley deep in the Colorado Rockies.
Augustus New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - New york Review of Books. To tell the story, a genre that was new to him, Williams turned to the epistolary novel, transforming and transcending it just as he did the western in Butcher’s Crossing and the campus novel in Stoner. New york Review of Books. Augustus is the final triumph of a writer who has come to be recognized around the world as an American master.
. Winner of the 1973 national book award by the author of stoner in augustus, his third great novel, a historical narrative set in classical Rome, John Williams took on an entirely new challenge, exploring the life of the founder of the Roman Empire.
Stoner New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar’s life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. Stoner. Discover an American masterpiece. Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude.
John williams’s luminous and deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection. William stoner emerges from it not only as an archetypal American, standing, like a figure in a painting by Edward Hopper, but as an unlikely existential hero, in stark relief against an unforgiving world. And yet as the years pass, stoner encounters a succession of disappointments: marriage into a “proper” family estranges him from his parents; his career is stymied; his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him; a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal.
Stoner New York Review Books Classics #ad - This unassuming story about the life of a quiet English professor has earned the admiration of readers all over the globe. William stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. New york Review of Books. New york Review of Books.
The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel: John Williams, Stoner, and the Writing LifeUniversity of Texas Press #ad - New york Review of Books. The new yorker deemed it “a masterly portrait of a truly virtuous and dedicated man. The man who wrote the perfect Novel traces the life of Stoner’s author, John Williams. The new york times called stoner “a perfect novel, ” and a host of writers and critics, Bret Easton Ellis, Emma Straub, Julian Barnes, including Colum McCann, Ian McEwan, Ruth Rendell, C.
Yet john williams’s quietly powerful tale of a Midwestern college professor, William Stoner, whose life becomes a parable of solitude and anguish eventually found an admiring audience in America and especially in Europe. Snow, and irving Howe, praised its artistry. P. Shields also reveals the astonishing afterlife of Stoner, which garnered new fans with each American reissue, and then became a bestseller all over Europe after Dutch publisher Lebowski brought out a translation in 2013.
The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel: John Williams, Stoner, and the Writing Life #ad - . When stoner was published in 1965, the novel sold only a couple of thousand copies before disappearing with hardly a trace. New york Review of Books. Stoner. Shields follows the whole arc of williams’s life, which in many ways paralleled that of his titular character, from their shared working-class backgrounds to their undistinguished careers in the halls of academia.
Since then, stoner has been published in twenty-one countries and has sold over a million copies.
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In the rubble of the bombed-out city, Soviet forces dig in for a last stand. The story told in vasily grossman’s stalingrad unfolds across the length and breadth of Russia and Europe, and its characters include mothers and daughters, and peasants, generals, steelworkers, political activists, husbands and brothers, nurses, along with Hitler and other historical figures.
Stalingrad #ad - Viktor’s research may be of crucial military importance, but he is distracted by thoughts of his mother in the Ukraine, lost behind German lines. In stalingrad, losing sight of the little things that are the daily currency of human existence or of humanity’s inextinguishable, without, published here for the first time in English translation, Grossman writes with extraordinary power and deep compassion about the disasters of war and the ruthlessness of totalitarianism, however, and in its celebrated sequel, Life and Fate, saving attachment to nature and life.
In april 1942, hitler and mussolini meet in Salzburg where they agree on a renewed assault on the Soviet Union. The prequel to vasily grossman's life and Fate, the War and Peace of the 20th Century, now in English for the first time. New york Review of Books. Stoner.
William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life: BookmarkedIg Publishing #ad - Almond will also use the book as a launching pad for an investigation of America’s soul, in the process, as a father and husband, writing about his own struggles as a student of writing, and as a man grappling with his own mortality. In his entry in the bookmarked series, author Steve Almond writes about why Stoner has endured, and the manner in which it speaks to the impoverishment of the inner life in America.
Stoner is a 1965 novel by the American writer John Williams. The novel narrates the many disappointments and struggles in Stoner's academic and personal life, including his estrangement from his wife and daughter, set against the backdrop of the first half of the twentieth century. Stoner. It tells the story of william stoner, who attends the state university to study agronomy, but instead falls in love with English literature and becomes an academic.
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Anniversaries Boxed Set: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - A landmark of 20th century literature about New York in the late 1960s, now in English for the first time. Late in 1967, uwe johnson set out to write a book that would take the unusual form of a chapter for every day of the ongoing year. New york Review of Books. Gesine and marie are among the most memorable and engaging characters in literature, at once monumental and intimate, and Anniversaries, sweeping and full of incident, stylistically adventurous and endlessly absorbing, is quite simply one of the great books of our time.
New york Review of Books. An ambitious historical novel as well as a wonderfully observed new york novel, Anniversaries would take in the unsettled world of the present along with the twentieth century’s disastrous past, while vividly depicting the struggle of a loving, though hardly uncomplicated mother and a bright, indomitably curious girl to understand and care for each other and to shape a human world.
Stoner. It would be the tale of gesine cresspahl, and of her ten-year-old daughter, marie—a story of work and school, a thirty-four-year-old single mother who is a German émigré to Manhattan’s Upper West Side, of friends and lovers and the countless small encounters with neighbors and strangers that make up big-city life.
Anniversaries Boxed Set: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl New York Review Books Classics #ad - An everyday tale, but also a tale of the events of the day, but some of the news—the racial unrest roiling America, as gleaned by Gesine from The New York Times: Johnson could hardly foresee the convulsions of 1968, the escalating war in Vietnam—was sure to be news for some time yet to come. Finally, of her troubled mother, it would be a tale told by gesine to marie about Gesine’s childhood in a small north German town, of her independent and enterprising father, of Nazi Germany Gesine was born the year Hitler came to power and World War II and Soviet retribution and the grimly regulated realities of Communist East Germany.
Rock, Paper, Scissors: And Other Stories New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - Their encounters lead to disasters, major and minor epiphanies, and—on occasion—the promise of redemption. New york Review of Books. In the tradition of anton chekhov and William Carlos Williams, he draws on his experiences in medicine to write stories of great subtlety and striking insight. New york Review of Books.
Stoner. The twelve stories in this volume depict doctors, screenwriters, entrepreneurs, classrooms, and common criminals whose paths intersect in unpredictable yet entirely natural ways: in sickrooms, actors, local political bosses, teachers, administrative offices and on trains and in planes. The first english-language collection of a contemporary Russian master of the short story, who lives and practices medicine in a town ninety miles outside Moscow, recenly profiled in The New YorkerMaxim Osipov, is one of Russia’s best contemporary writers.
Rock, Paper, Scissors: And Other Stories New York Review Books Classics #ad - Osipov’s fiction presents a nuanced, frustrations, collage-like portrait of life in provincial Russia—its tragedies, and moments of humble beauty and inspiration.
A King Alone New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - What he discovers, will leave no one reassured, however, and his reappearance in the village a few years later, now assigned the task of guarding it from wolves, awakens those troubling memories. New york Review of Books. Soon the village is paralyzed by terror, which gives way to relief and eager anticipation when the outsider Langlois arrives to investigate.
A man of few words, langlois baffles and fascinates the villagers, and military efficiency, a regal manner, whose different responses to him shape Jean Giono’s increasingly charged narrative. Stoner. One such winter, villagers begin mysteriously to disappear. This novel about a tiny community at the dangerous edge of things and a man of law who is a man alone could be described as a metaphysical Western.
A King Alone New York Review Books Classics #ad - It unfolds with the uncanny inevitability and disturbing intensity of a dream. An existential detective story by one of france's most popular modern writers, set in a mid-nineteenth century mountain village, available in English for the first time A King Alone is set in a remote Alpine village that is cut off from the world by rugged mountains and by long months when the ground is covered with snow and the heavens with cloud.
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Picture New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - Stoner. New york Review of Books. A classic look at hollywood and the american film industry by The New Yorker's Lillian Ross, and named one of the "Top 100 Works of U. S. Journalism of the Twentieth Century. Lillian ross worked at the new yorker for more than half a century, and might be described not only as an outstanding practitioner of modern long-form journalism but also as one of its inventors.
Picture, originally published in 1952, is her most celebrated piece of reportage, a closely observed and completely absorbing story of how studio politics and misguided commercialism turn a promising movie into an all-around disaster. At first all goes well, as huston shoots and puts together a two-hour film that is, he feels, the best he’s ever made.
The charismatic and hard-bitten director and actor john huston is at the center of the book, the first modern war novel, determined to make Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage—one of the great and defining works of American literature, a book whose vivid imagistic style invites the description of cinematic—into a movie that is worthy of it.
Picture New York Review Books Classics #ad - In picture, which charlie chaplin aptly described as “brilliant and sagacious, ” Ross is a gadfly on the wall taking note of the operations of a system designed to crank out mediocrity. Then the studio bosses step in and the audience previews begin, and the movie is taken out of Huston’s hands, conferences are held, cut down by a third, and finally released—with results that please no one and certainly not the public: It was an expensive flop.
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