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Thirlwell, Adam 1978-

Overview
Works: 48 works in 231 publications in 17 languages and 3,845 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Humorous fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Fantasy fiction  Short stories  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Creator, Interviewee
Classifications: PN203, 823.92
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Adam Thirlwell
The lute and the scars by Danilo Kiš( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written between 1980 and 1986, the stories in The Lute and the Scars were transcribed from the manuscripts left by Danilo Kis following his death in 1989. Many are autobiographical. Others resurrect protagonists belonging to Kis's fellow Central European novelists
Lurid & cute by Adam Thirlwell( Book )

32 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A dreamy and adrenaline-fueled new novel from a two-time Granta Best Young Novelist Lurid & Cute is a kind of machine for the reader's corruption. It opens with all the things we've come to expect of Adam Thirlwell--"the playfulness of language, the way the mandarin wit, line by line, consorts with grisly or louche material," as Jeffrey Eugenides has said--when the narrator wakes confused in a seedy hotel room. He has had the good education, and also the good job. Together with his wife and dog, he lives at home with his parents. But then the lurid overtakes him--a chain of events that feels to those inside it narcotic and neurotic, like one long and terrible descent: complete with lies, deceit, and chicanery, and including, in escalating order, one orgy, one brothel, and a series of firearms disputes. Lurid & Cute balances the complexity of an interior world--our hero's apparently innocent obsessions with food, old movies, and all the gaudy, shoddy building blocks of pop culture--with a picaresque plot delivered with expert, insidious pacing. For very possibly this is the story of a woebegone and global generation. And our hero, the sweetest narrator in world literature, also may well be the most fearsome. It's the most sophisticated and gruesome novel from an author celebrated for his precocious talents, and it will leave you feeling like you've been on one hell of a bender"--
Politics : a novel by Adam Thirlwell( Book )

60 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in 16 languages and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Politics tells the story of a father and daughter. It also tells the story of a menage a trois." "Politics explores crucial domestic problems of sexual etiquette. What should the sleeping arrangements be in a menage a trois? Is it polite to read while two people have sex beside you? Is it permissible to be jealous? If you have eczema, may you complain the undinism can be painful?" "Politics is a comedy about kindness." "And, at the same time, it is also about Milan Kundera, blow jobs, Chairman Mao's personal hygiene, Vaclav Havel, half-Jewishness, Bollywood, shopping, Hitler's sexual fetish, selfishness, Osip Mandelstam, premature ejaculation, the late Queen Mother, thrush, Stalin on the phone, politeness, pink fluffy handcuffs, and Antonio Gramsci's theory of hegemony." "Politics is not about politics."--BOOK JACKET
Autobiography of a corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovskiĭ( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stakes are wildly high in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's fantastic and blackly comic philosophical fables, which abound in nested narratives and wild paradoxes. This new collection of eleven mind-bending and spellbinding tales includes some of Krzhizhanovsky's most dazzling conceits: a provincial journalist who moves to Moscow finds his existence consumed by the autobiography of his room's previous occupant; the fingers of a celebrated pianist's right hand run away to spend a night alone on the city streets; a man's lifelong quest to bite his own elbow inspires both a hugely popular circus act and a new refutation of Kant. Ordinary reality cracks open before our eyes in the pages of Autobiography of a Corpse, and the extraordinary spills out
The escape : a novel by Adam Thirlwell( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After being sidetracked by two affairs in the region, Haffner finally resolves to claim his widow's inheritance in the eastern Alps, a villa seized in darker times, but must first win a fight with a team of bureaucrats and their minions
The delighted states : a book of novels, romances, & their unknown translators, containing ten languages, set on four continents, & accompanied by maps, portraits, squiggles, illustrations, & a variety of helpful indexes by Adam Thirlwell( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is not a novel, but novelists are its characters." "The Delighted States demonstrates a new way of reading internationally. It is a project, a book of tricks - complete with photographs, illustrations, and a variety of helpful diagrams. And it comes with a companion, a slim appendix: "Mademoiselle O," a text by Vladimir Nabokov, halfway between fiction and fact, which Nabokov worked on, in three languages, over thirty years, and whose original French version is now translated into English by Adam Thirlwell."--Jacket
Miss Herbert by Adam Thirlwell( Book )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The secret history of novelists is often a history of exile and tourism a history of language learning. Like the story of Gustave Flaubert and Juliet Herbert, it is a history of loss and mistakes. Flaubert's niece was taught by an English governess: Juliet Herbert. As Flaubert finished Madame Bovary, Miss Herbert translated his novel into English. But this translation has since been lost. No photographs of Miss Herbert survive, either. Translation, and emigration, is the way into a new history of the novel a history of loss, of mistakes. We assume that we can read novels in translation. We also assume that style does not translate. But the history of the novel is the history of style. Miss Herbert solves this conundrum. The book travels from Rio de Janeiro to Prague, from Moscow to London, from Trieste to Paris, from Warsaw to New York. On its zigzagging flight, it reinvents our ideas of style, and translation introducing new theories of jet lag, of the time difference. Miss Herbert finds problems with accurate translations, and praises imperfect ones. It dismisses history and politics, replacing them with the fun of literary games. This book is a provocation. But Miss Herbert is not just a book. It demonstrates a new way of reading internationally. It is a project, a book of tricks complete with maps, illustrations, and a variety of helpful diagrams. And it comes with a companion, a slim appendix: 'Mademoiselle O', a story by Vladimir Nabokov, written in French, about his own governess, never before translated into English. Miss Herbert is a bedside travel book, a comprehensive city break: the most original and most stylish beach read
Petersburg : a novel in eight chapters, with a prologue and an epilogue by Andrey Bely( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

St Petersburg, 1905. An impressionable young university student, Nikolai, becomes involved with a revolutionary terror organization, which plans to assassinate a high government official with a time bomb. But the official is Nikolai's cold, unyielding father, Apollon, and in twenty-four hours the bomb will explode
Multiples : an anthology of stories in an assortment of languages and literary styles by Arnon Grunberg( Book )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and Multiple languages and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rules of this literary game are simple: the first writer translates an unknown story into English, which a second writer then translates into a different language, and a third translates back into English, and so on, down the line. As the stories are told and retold, out of English and in again, they are transformed, twisted and turned into something new
Kapow! by Adam Thirlwell( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in the thick of the Arab Spring, it is guided by the high-speed monologue of an unnamed narrator--over-doped, over-caffeinated, overweight--trying to make sense of this history in real time ... it uses spinning digressions to tell the stories of a group of interconnected characters in London and Egypt, each transformed by the idea of revolution"--Publisher's website, viewed on September 15, 2015
Down the rabbit hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos( )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tochtli lives in a palace. He loves hats, samurai, guillotines and dictionaries, and what he wants more than anything right now is a new pet for his private zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. But Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a powerful cartel, and Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, prostitutes, dealers, servants and the odd corrupt politician or two. Down the Rabbit Hole, a masterful and darkly comic first novel, is the chronicle of a delirious journey to grant a child's wish
De vlucht : een roman in vijf delen by Adam Thirlwell( Book )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Haffner is charming, morally suspect, vain, obsessed by the libertine emperors. He is British and Jewish and a widower. But Haffner's attachments to his nation, his race, his marriage, have always been matters of conjecture. They have always been subjects of debate. There are many stories of Haffner'but this, the most secret, is the greatest of them all. The Escape opens in a spa town snug in the unfashionable eastern Alps, where Haffner has come to claim his wife's inheritance: a villa expropriated in darker times. After weeks of ignoring his task in order to conduct two affairs'one with a capricious young yoga instructor, the other with a hungrily passionate married woman'he discovers gradually that he wants this villa, very much. Squabbling with bureaucrats and their shadows means a fight, and Haffner wants anything he has to fight for. How can you ever escape your past, your family, your history' That is the problem of Haffner's story in The Escape. That has always been the problem of Haffner'and his lifetime of metamorphoses and disappearances. How might Haffner ever become unattached' Through the improvised digressions of his comic couplings and uncouplings emerge the stories of Haffner's century: the chaos of World War II, the heyday of jazz, the postwar diaspora, the uncertain triumph of capitalism, and the inescapability of memory. The Escape is a swift, sad farce of sexual mayhem by a brilliant young novelist The New York Times has called "a prodigy and, as such, unstoppable."
Philippe Parreno : h {n)y p n(y} osis, hypothesis : Park Avenue Armory, Pirelli HangarBicocca by Philippe Parreno( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing degree zero by Roland Barthes( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Is there any such thing as revolutionary literature? Can literature, in fact, be political at all? These are the questions Roland Barthes addresses in Writing Degree Zero, his first published book and a landmark in his oeuvre. The debate had engaged the European literary community since the 1930s; with this fierce manifesto, Barthes challenged the notion of literature's obligation to be socially committed. Yes, Barthes allows, the writer has a political and ethical responsibility. But the history of French literature shows that the writer has often failed to meet it--and from Barthes's perspective, literature is committed to little more than the myth of itself. Expert and uncompromising, Writing Degree Zero introduced the themes that would soon establish Barthes as one of the leading voices in literary criticism."--Back cover
McSweeney's 42 : "Multiples", or, Twelve stories appearing in up to six versions each( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Multiples : 12 stories in 18 languages by 61 authors( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book of zinik : a collective experiment( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le commis roman by Bernard Malamud( Book )

2 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in French and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"L'Amérique dont il attendait tant ne lui avait rien donné." Pour Morris Bober, la vie se résume à sa boutique. Epicier à Brooklyn, il se lève à l'aube et ne rentre chez lui qu'à la nuit tombée. Très jeune, il a fui la Russie : à presque soixante ans, que reste-t-il de ses grandes espérances ? Le monde change ; il n'est plus certain de le comprendre. Un soir, Morris subit un braquage et en ressort profondément atteint. La malchance semble le laisser en paix lorsque Frank, un Italien, lui propose son aide... (4e de couv.)
La novela múltiple by Adam Thirlwell( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in Spanish and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conversation by Philippe Parreno( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The delighted states : a book of novels, romances, & their unknown translators, containing ten languages, set on four continents, & accompanied by maps, portraits, squiggles, illustrations, & a variety of helpful indexes
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The escape : a novelThe delighted states : a book of novels, romances, & their unknown translators, containing ten languages, set on four continents, & accompanied by maps, portraits, squiggles, illustrations, & a variety of helpful indexesMiss HerbertPetersburg : a novel in eight chapters, with a prologue and an epilogueDe vlucht : een roman in vijf delen
Alternative Names
Adam Thirlwell britischer Roman- und Geschichten-Erzähler

Adam Thirlwell British writer

Adam Thirlwell Brits schrijver

Adam Thirlwell brytyjski pisarz

Adam Thirlwell écrivain britannique

Adam Thirlwell escritor británico

Thirlwell Adam

Tirlvels, Ādams 1978-

תירלול, אדם, 1978-

ادام ثیرول نویسنده بریتانیایی

써웰, 에덤 1978-

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