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Thirlwell, Adam 1978-

Works: 50 works in 232 publications in 17 languages and 3,863 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Humorous fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Fantasy fiction  Short stories  Psychological fiction  History  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Creator
Classifications: PN203, 823.92
Publication Timeline
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 764 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 )

31 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 534 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 503 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 391 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 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 378 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
The escape : a novel by Adam Thirlwell( Book )

24 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 335 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
Miss Herbert by Adam Thirlwell( Book )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a story of texts being lost in translation, including the story of Juliet Herbert, the English governess responsible for translating 'Madame Bovary'. It comes complete with maps, illustrations, diagrams, and 'Mademoiselle O', a story by Vladimir Nabokov about his governess, written in French and translated into English
The escape : a novel in five parts by Adam Thirlwell( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a spa town snug in the Alps, at the end of the twentieth century, the widowed 78-year-old Haffner has arrived to claim his wife's inheritance: a villa expropriated by the century's totalitarian politics. In the spa hotel, he has tried to develop a mildly successful affair with a hungrily passionate married woman; and a much less successful affair with a capricious young yoga instructor. But gradually, through the tribulations of government bureaucracy, he discovers that he wants this villa, very much. Now that he has to fight for it, he wants it. For how can you ever desert from your past, your family, your history? That has always been the problem of Haffner's life. How do you remain a libertine?
Petersburg : a novel in eight chapters with a prologue and an epilogue by Andrey Bely( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 91 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 )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and Multiple languages and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like Chinese whispers, 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. Featuring an all-star international line-up of writers from Zadie Smith to Alejandro Zambra, via Jeffrey Eugenides, Laurent Binet, Javier Marias, David Mitchell, Colm Toibin, Etgar Keret and Sheila Heti, this collection is pure literary entertainment. Playful, provocative and wilfully inventive, Multiples asks fascinating questions about the relationship between a translation and a version, about the art of storytelling, and about the way that our individual linguistic choices reflect our shared cultural prejudices. Here, we see not so much what is lost in translation, but what is found
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 75 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
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 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing degree zero by Roland Barthes( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 54 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."--Page 4 of 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 )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 26 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 18 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 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conversation by Philippe Parreno( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 13 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
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 indexesThe escape : a novelMiss HerbertThe escape : a novel in five partsPetersburg : a novel in eight chapters with a prologue and an epilogue
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

Thirlwellas Adamas

Tirlvels, Ādams 1978-

תירלול, אדם, 1978-

ادام ثیرول نویسنده بریتانیایی

써웰, 에덤 1978-