Selected by the new york times as one of the 50 best Memoirs of the Past 50 YearsIn Sri Lanka, a tsunami sweeps a child out to sea, her grand-father helpless against the onrushing water. What he accomplishes is nothing short of a literary miracle: a heartrending narrative of endless love, a meditation on courage and decency in the face of adversity, an intimate and reverent look at the extraordinary beauty and nobility of ordinary lives.
Precise, lives other than my own confronts terrifying catastrophes to illuminate the astonishing richness of human connection: a grandfather who thought he had found paradise—too soon—and now devotes himself to helping his neighbors rebuild their village; a husband so in love with his ailing wife that he carries her in his arms like a knight does his princess; and finally, Carrère himself, and suspenseful, as full of twists and turns as any novel, longtime chronicler of the tormented self, sober, who unexpectedly finds consolation and even joy as he immerses himself in the lives of others.
Lives Other Than My Own: A Memoir #ad - Moving…carrère’s prose is precise and measured…Through interviews with friends and relatives of both families, he creates powerful portraits that celebrate ordinary lives. The new yorker“you begin this memoir thinking it will be about one thing, and it turns into something else altogether—a book at once more ordinary and more extraordinary than any first impressions might allow.
The new york Times. Present at both events, emmanuel Carrère sets out to tell the story of two families—shattered and ultimately restored.
97,196 Words: EssaysFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Dispensing with the rules of genre, historiography, or memoir—and fuses it under the pressure of an inimitable combination of passion, curiosity, reportage, he takes what he needs from every available form or discipline—be it theology, intellect, fiction, and wit. Spanning continents, histories, and treating everything from American heroin addicts to the writing of In Cold Blood, and personal relationships, from the philosophy of Philip K.
. Lovecraft, and our shared humanity as it explores remarkable events and eccentric lives, 97, from Carrère’s own botched interview with Catherine Deneuve to the week he spent following the future French president Emmanuel Macron, reality, 196 Words considers the divides between truth, including Carrère’s own.
97,196 Words: Essays #ad - Although he takes cues from such literary heroes as Truman Capote and Janet Malcolm, Carrère has, over the course of his career, reinvented the form in a search for truth in all its guises. Featuring more than thirty extraordinary essays written over an illustrious twenty-five-year period of Carrère’s creative life, this collection shows an exceptional mind at work.
A selection of the best short work by France's greatest living nonfiction writerNo one writes nonfiction like Emmanuel Carrère. With an oeuvre unique in world literature for its blend of empathy and playfulness, Carrère stands as one of our most distinctive and important literary voices. 97, 196 words introduces Carrère’s shorter works to an English-language audience.
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My Life as a Russian Novel: A MemoirMetropolitan Books #ad - In prose that is elegant and passionate, Carrère weaves the strands of his story into a travelogue of a journey inward. Road trip, confession, erotic tour de force—this fearless reckoning illuminates the schemes we devise to evade ourselves and the inevitable payment they exact. Now, determined to escape the bleak visions of his narratives, he takes on a film project in the heart of Russia while also embarking on a new love affair back home in Paris.
An unsparingly truthful account of love, and the traps we set for ourselves, betrayal, by France's master of psychological suspenseIn work after work, the critically acclaimed author Emmanuel Carrère has trained his unblinking gaze on the lives of others as they fight a losing battle with that most fearsome of adversaries—the self.
My Life as a Russian Novel: A Memoir #ad - But soon enough, the diversion he seeks eludes him, intimacy proves too arduous, and Carrv®re is left peering into the dark mirror of his own life. Set in paris and kotelnich, a small post-soviet town, my life as a Russian Novel traces Carrère's pursuit of two obsessions—the disappearance of his Russian grandfather and his erotic fascination with a woman he loves but cannot keep from destroying.
The Kingdom: A NovelFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - With an idiosyncratic and at times iconoclastic take on the charms and foibles of the Church fathers, Carrère ferries readers through his “doors” into the biblical narrative. Carrère puts himself in the shoes of saint paul and above all Saint Luke, charting Luke’s encounter with the marginal Jewish sect that eventually became Christianity, and retracing his investigation of its founder, an obscure religious freak who died under notorious circumstances.
Boldly blending scholarship with speculation, memoir with journalistic muckraking, Carrère sets out on a headlong chase through the latter part of the Bible, drawing out protagonists who believed they were caught up in the most important events of their time. A sweeping fictional account of the early christians, whose unlikely beliefs conquered the worldGripped by the tale of a Messiah whose blood we drink and body we eat, the genre-defying author Emmanuel Carrère revisits the story of the early Church in his latest work.
The Kingdom: A Novel #ad - An expansive and clever meditation on belief, The Kingdom chronicles the advent of a religion, and the ongoing quest to find a place within it. Once inside, he follows the ragtag group of early Christians through the tumultuous days of the faith’s founding. Shouldering biblical scholarship like a camcorder, Carrère re-creates the climate of the New Testament with the acumen of a seasoned storyteller, intertwining his own account of reckoning with the central tenets of the faith with the lives of the first Christians.
Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in RussiaFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - This pseudobiography isn't a novel, comical, but it reads like one: from Limonov's grim childhood to his desperate, ultimately successful attempts to gain the respect of Russia's literary intellectual elite; to his immigration to New York, then to Paris; to his return to the motherland. Limonov could be read as a charming picaresque.
There. It's a dangerous life, an ambiguous life: a real adventure novel. I know him. But it could also be read as a troubling counternarrative of the second half of the twentieth century, a brutality, one that reveals a violence, an anarchy, that the stories we tell ourselves about progress tend to conceal.
He sees himself as a hero; you might call him a scumbag: I suspend my judgment on the matter. A thrilling page-turner that also happens to be the biography of one of Russia's most controversial figures This is how Emmanuel Carrère, the magnetic journalist, filmmaker, and chameleon, novelist, describes his subject: "Limonov is not a fictional character.
Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia #ad - Not just about him, not just about Russia, Limonov, but about all our history since the end of the Second World War. So eduard limonov isn't fictional—but he might as well be. He has been a young punk in ukraine, in the fantastic shambles of postcommunism, the idol of the Soviet underground; a bum, then a multimillionaire's butler in Manhattan; a fashionable writer in Paris; a lost soldier in the Balkans; and now, the elderly but charismatic leader of a party of young desperadoes.
It is also, i believe, a life that says something.
I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. DickMetropolitan Books #ad - Drawing on interviews as well as unpublished sources, intricate time loops, he vividly conjures the spirit of this restless observer of American postwar malaise who subverted the materials of science fiction--parallel universes, collective delusions--to create classic works of contemporary anxiety. In the riveting style that won accolades for the adversary, follows dick's strange odyssey from his traumatic beginnings in 1928, when his twin sister died in infancy, to his lonely end in 1982, Emmanuel Carrère's I Am Alive and You Are Dead, beset by mystical visions of swirling pink light, three-eyed invaders, and messages from the Roman Empire.
Dick is not only one of the "one of the most valiant psychological explorers of the 20th century" The New York Times but a source of divine revelation. For his many devoted readers, Philip K.
Fierce Attachments: A Memoir FSG ClassicsFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - There have been numerous books about mother and daughter, but none has dealt with this closest of filial relations as directly or as ruthlessly. Next door lives nettie, an attractive widow whose calculating sensuality appeals greatly to Vivian. Unsparing, fierce attachments is one of the most remarkable documents of family feeling that has been written, deeply courageous, a classic that helped start the memoir boom and remains one of the most moving examples of the genre.
Gornick stares unflinchingly at all that is hidden, sexual malice and the devouring, unresolvable in herself and others—at loneliness, claustral closeness of mothers and daughters…Fierce Attachments is a portrait of the artist as she finds a language—original, difficult, strange, allergic to euphemism and therapeutic banalities—worthy of the women that raised her.
The new york Times. Vivian gornick’s fierce attachments—hailed by the new york times for the renowned feminist author’s “mesmerizing, thrilling” truths within its pages—has been selected by the publication’s book critics as the #1 Best Memoir of the Past 50 Years. In this deeply etched and haunting memoir, Vivian Gornick tells the story of her lifelong battle with her mother for independence.
Fierce Attachments: A Memoir FSG Classics #ad - These women with their opposing models of femininity continue, well into adulthood, to affect Gornick’s struggle to find herself in love and in work. As gornick walks with her aged mother through the streets of new york, and the still powerful and intuitively-wise old woman, for her courage and tenacity in really talking to her mother about the most basic issues of their lives, each wins the reader’s admiration: the caustic and clear-thinking daughter, arguing and remembering the past, who again and again proves herself her daughter’s mother.
Gornick’s groundbreaking book confronts what Edna O’Brien has called “the prinicpal crux of female despair”: the unacknowledged Oedipal nature of the mother-daughter bond.
Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir John MacRae BooksHenry Holt and Co. #ad - Beset by pain and sadness, she decided to “write herself into being”—one novel after another. New york times bestselling author hilary Mantel, two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize, is one of the world’s most accomplished and acclaimed fiction writers. This wry and visceral memoir will certainly bring new converts to Mantel’s dark genius.
Mesmerizing. The new york Times. But at nineteen, she became ill. Giving up the ghost, is her dazzling memoir of a career blighted by physical pain in which her singular imagination supplied compensation for the life her body was denied. Selected by the new york times as one of the 50 best memoirs of the Past 50 Years“The story of my own childhood is a complicated sentence that I am always trying to finish, to finish and put behind me.
Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir John MacRae Books #ad - In postwar rural england, Hilary Mantel grew up convinced that the most extraordinary feats were within her grasp. Through years of misdiagnosis, she suffered patronizing psychiatric treatment and destructive surgery that left her without hope of children.
Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the StreetsSt. Martin's Press #ad - Comparisons to defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and Hamsun’s Hunger leap to mind. A classic of down-and-out literature. Phillip lopate when travels with Lizbeth was first published in 1993, it was proclaimed an instant classic. Lars eighner’s account of his descent into homelessness and his adventures on the streets has moved, charmed, and amused generations of readers.
As lars wrote, “when i began writing this account I was living under a shower curtain in a stand of bamboo in a public park. Lars eighner is the Thoreau of the Dumpsters. I did not undertake to write about homelessness, as an artist paints a still life, not because he is especially fond of fruit, but wrote what I knew, but because the subject is readily at hand.
Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets #ad - Containing the widely anthologized essay “on dumpster diving, ” Travels with Lizbeth is a beautifully written account of one man's experience of homelessness, a story of physical survival, and the triumph of the artistic spirit in the face of enormous adversity. In his unique voice—dry, and recounts their ongoing struggle to survive on the streets of Austin, poignant, disciplined, Lizbeth, comic—Eighner celebrates the companionship of his dog, Texas, and hitchhiking along the highways to Southern California and back.
Country Girl: A MemoirLittle, Brown and Company #ad - Starting with o'brien's birth in a grand but deteriorating house in Ireland, single-motherhood, and encounters with Hollywood giants, pop stars, the wild parties of the '60s in London, her story moves through convent school to elopement, divorce, and literary titans. There is love and unrequited love, and the glamour of trips to America as a celebrated writer and the guest of Jackie Onassis and Hillary Clinton.
Country girl is a rich and heady accounting of the events, people, emotions, and landscape that have imprinted upon and enhanced one lifetime. O'brien was undeterred and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of the twentieth century. Country girl is edna o'brien's exquisite account of her dashing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life.
Country Girl: A Memoir #ad - National public radio when edna o'brien's first novel, was published in 1960, The Country Girls, it so scandalized the O'Briens' local parish that the book was burned by its priest. Country girl brings us face-to-face with a life of high drama and contemplation.
Patrimony: A True StoryOdyssey Editions #ad - Roth watches as his eight-six-year-old father—famous for his vigor, his charm, and his repertoire of Newark recollections—battles with the brain tumor that will kill him. The son, accompanies his father through each fearful stage of his final ordeal, as he does so, and dread, and, full of love, anxiety, discloses the survivalist tenacity that has distinguished his father’s long, stubborn engagement with life.
Philip roth is hailed by many as the reigning king of American fiction. Patrimony, a true story, touches the emotions as strongly as anything Philip Roth has ever written. Winner of the national book critics circle Award, survival and memory is one of his most intimate books, this memoir about love, but also one of his most intellectually vigorous.
Patrimony: A True Story #ad - Patrimony is roth’s elegy to his father, written with piercing observation and wit at the height of his literary prowess.