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Lethem, Jonathan

Works: 190 works in 769 publications in 10 languages and 30,482 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Urban fiction  Satire  Psychological fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Adapter, Interviewee, Instrumentalist, Editor, Author of introduction, Creator, Other
Classifications: PS3562.E8544, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jonathan Lethem
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
44 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and German and held by 2,785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A black comedy in New York's criminal underworld. The twitching hero--he suffers from Tourette's syndrome--is one of four misfits who were rescued from an orphanage by a man who gave them jobs in his detective agency. Now the man has been killed and the boys intend to get the killer
The fortress of solitude : a novel by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
65 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Their friendship compromised by the belief systems of the racially charged 1970s, Dylan Ebdus and Mungus Rude share a series of misadventures based on their mutual obsession with comic book heroes
Chronic city : a novel by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
36 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A searing portrayal of Manhattanites wrapped in their own delusions, desires and lies. Chase lives off residuals earned as a child star, living a life of cloistered ease, until a pop critic with a conspiratorial counter cultural savvy forces him to confront the answer to several mysteries tightly intertwined within the tragic fabric of the city itself
Dissident gardens : a novel by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
25 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A dazzling novel from one of our finest writers--an epic yet intimate family saga about three generations of all-American radicals At the center of Jonathan Lethem's superb new novel stand two extraordinary women. Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist and mercurial tyrant who terrorizes her neighborhood and her family with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs. Her brilliant and willful daughter, Miriam, is equally passionate in her activism, but flees Rose's suffocating influence and embraces the Age of Aquarius counterculture of Greenwich Village. Both women cast spells that entrance or enchain the men in their lives: Rose's aristocratic German Jewish husband, Albert; her nephew, the feckless chess hustler Lenny Angrush; Cicero Lookins, the brilliant son of her black cop lover; Miriam's (slightly fraudulent) Irish folksinging husband, Tommy Gogan; their bewildered son, Sergius. These flawed, idealistic people all struggle to follow their own utopian dreams in an America where radicalism is viewed with bemusement, hostility, or indifference. As the decades pass--from the parlor communism of the '30s, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, ragged '70s communes, the romanticization of the Sandinistas, up to the Occupy movement of the moment--we come to understand through Lethem's extraordinarily vivid storytelling that the personal may be political, but the political, even more so, is personal. Brilliantly constructed as it weaves across time and among characters, Dissident Gardens is riotous and haunting, satiric and sympathetic--and a joy to read"--
You don't love me yet by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
26 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lucinda Hoekke, an employee at The Complaint Line which allows anonymous callers to air their grievances, falls in love with one of her frequent callers, but her romance has unexpected complications for Lucinda and her fellow members of an alternative rock band
Five novels of the 1960s & 70s by Philip K Dick( Book )
8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Philip K. Dick: (1928-1982) was a writer of incandescent originality and astonishing fertility, who made and unmade fictional world-systems with ferocious rapidity and unbridled speculative daring. The five novels collected in this volume - a successor to Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s - Offer an overview of the range of this science-fiction master." "Martian Time-Slip (1964) unfolds on a parched and thinly colonized Red Planet where the unscrupulous seek to profit from a troubled child's time-fracturing visions. Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb (1965) chronicles the interwoven stories of a multiracial community of survivors, including the scientist who may have been responsible for World War III. Into this apocalyptic framework Dick weaves observations of daily life in the California of his own moment. Famous, among other reasons, for a therapy session involving a talking taxicab, Now Wait for Last Year (1966) explores the effects of JJ-180, a hallucinogen that alters not only perception, but reality." "In Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1974), a television star seeks to unravel a mystery that has left him stripped of his identity. A Scanner Darkly (1977), the basis for the 2006 film, envisions a drug-addled world in which a narcotics officer's tenuous hold on sanity is strained by his new surveillance assignment: himself. Regarded by some as Dick's most powerful novel, A Scanner Darkly mixes futuristic fantasy with an all-too-real evocation of the culture of addiction in 1970s America. Mixing metaphysics and madness, Dick's work remains exhilarating and unsettling in equal measure."--Jacket
The ecstasy of influence : nonfictions, etc. by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
16 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A career-spanning anthology of writings incorporates several new essays and includes numerous celebrity portraits as well as the author's musings on topics ranging from sex in cinema and drugs to cyberculture and graffiti
Men and cartoons : stories by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
15 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lethem's new collection of stories (after The Fortress of Solitude) deals in themes of loneliness, missed connections, and betrayal, set against futuristic and near apocalyptic backdrops
Selected stories of Philip K. Dick by Philip K Dick( Book )
5 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Philip K. Dick was a master of science fiction, but he was also a writer whose work transcended genre to examine the nature of reality and what it means to be human. A writer of great complexity and subtle humor, his work belongs on the shelf of great twentieth-century literature, next to Kafka and Vonnegut. Collected here are twenty-one of Dick's most dazzling and resonant stories, which span his entire career and show a world-class writer working at the peak of his powers." "In "The Davis of Perky Pat," people spend their time playing with dolls who manage to live an idyllic life no longer available to the Earth's real inhabitants. "Adjustment Team" looks at the fate of a man who by mistake has stepped out of his own time. In "Autofac," one community must battle benign machines to take back control of their lives. And in "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon," we follow the story of one man whose very reality may be nothing more than a nightmare. The collection also includes such classic stories as "The Minority Report," the basis for the Steven Spielberg movie, and "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," the basis for the film Total Recall. Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick is a magnificent distillation of one of American literature's most searching imaginations."--BOOK JACKET
Girl in landscape by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
23 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A novel on a planet whose inhabitants are part human, part animal and part vegetable. The planet is described through the eyes of a family of immigrants from a post-apocalyptic Earth. By the author of As She Climbed Across the Table
Gun, with occasional music by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
18 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
PI Conrad Metcalf investigates the death of a doctor in a futuristic California where the government distributes mind-numbing drugs and menial work is done by animals. Jail is suspended animation in a freezer and curiosity is banned
As she climbed across the table by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
29 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A send-up on academia in which a California scientist discovers a gateway to an alternate universe. The gateway works similarly to a black hole in that it swallows matter, and the story concerns a man professor saving a woman professor from being swallowed
An introduction to Old School by Tobias Wolff by Dan Stone( Recording )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses the theme and characters in Wolff's novel and includes excerpts from the book and background information on the author
The exegesis of Philip K. Dick by Philip K Dick( Book )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"'A great and calamitous sequence of arguments with the universe: poignant, terrifying, ludicrous, and brilliant. The Exegesis is the sort of book associated with legends and madmen, but Dick wasn't a legend and he wasn't mad. He lived among us, and was a genius.'--Jonathan Lethem. Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this will be the definitive presentation of Dick's brilliant, and epic, final work. In The Exegesis, Dick documents his eight-year attempt to fathom what he called "2-3-74, " a postmodern visionary experience of the entire universe "transformed into information." In entries that sometimes ran to hundreds of pages, Dick tried to write his way into the heart of a cosmic mystery that tested his powers of imagination and invention to the limit, adding to, revising, and discarding theory after theory, mixing in dreams and visionary experiences as they occurred, and pulling it all together in three late novels known as the VALIS trilogy. In this abridgment, Jackson and Lethem serve as guides, taking the reader through the Exegesis and establishing connections with moments in Dick's life and work."--
Ernest Hemingway's The killers ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Melodramatic thrillers based on the Hemingway story about two hit men and their target, who accepts his fate as though he were already dead
Amnesia moon by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
25 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A road trip through a post-apocalyptic America where the dreams of some can change reality, the pecking order is according to how lucky you are, and dog meat has become gourmet food. The protagonist, a youth named Chaos, makes the trip with a fur-covered girlfriend to find their past which they cannot remember
The wall of the sky, the wall of the eye : stories by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
19 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Seven futuristic stories. In The Happy Man, a dead man is periodically let out of Hell so he can support his family, while in The Hardened Criminals the walls of a jail are made of convicts in suspended animation. By the author of Gun, with Occasional Music
Unfaithfully yours ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A jealous world-famous symphony conductor entertains elaborate thoughts of vengeance over his wife's supposed infidelities, set to three separate orchestral works
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem( Recording )
15 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A walk on the wild side of Brooklyn's criminal underclass with a hero known as "The Human Freakshow," a would-be detective also answering to the name of Lionel Essrog. Essrog is a victim of Tourette's Syndrome; hapless and veering out of control, he fights himself and his disease
Fridays at Enrico's by Don Carpenter( Book )
4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Friday's at Enricos, the story of four writers living in Northern California and Portland during the early, heady days of the Beat scene. A time of youth and opportunity, this story mixes the excitement of beginning with the melancholy of ambition, often thwarted and never satisfied. Loss of innocence is only the first price you pay. These are people, men and women, tender with expectation, at risk and in love, and Carpenter also carefully draws a portrait of these two remarkable places, San Francisco and Portland, in the 50s and early 60s, when the writers and bohemians were busy creating the groundwork for what came to be the counterculture. Recently discovered in a complete penultimate manuscript, having been lost since the author's death, we were thrilled to see this book into print. A great champion of Don Carpenter, Jonathan Lethem, has taken on the task of editing and developing this last draft into the shape we imagine Carpenter would have himself accomplished had he lived to see this through and Lethem provides a wonderful introduction to this book, to Carpenter, and to the broad influence of his work which resonates until this very day. "--
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Alternative Names
Ledŏm, Jonadan 1964-‏
Letem, Dzhonatan.
Letem, Dzhonatan 1964-
Letem, Gʾonatan 1964-
Lethem Dzhonatan 1964....
Lethem, Jonatham 1964-
Lethem, Jonathan Allen.
Летем, Джонатан 1964-
לתם, ג׳ונתן 1964-
レセム, ジョナサン
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