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Thirlwell, Adam 1978-

Works: 42 works in 213 publications in 17 languages and 3,777 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Romance fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Humorous fiction  Fantasy fiction  Historical fiction  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Creator
Classifications: PS3563.A4, 813.54
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Publications about Adam Thirlwell
Publications by Adam Thirlwell
Most widely held works by Adam Thirlwell
Lurid & cute by Adam Thirlwell( Book )
30 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 499 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 )
57 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in 16 languages and held by 473 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 389 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 379 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 )
12 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 146 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
Kapow! by Adam Thirlwell( Book )
6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 80 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
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 79 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
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 77 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
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 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."
Writing degree zero by Roland Barthes( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 51 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 49 libraries worldwide
Multiples : 12 stories in 18 languages by 61 authors ( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
The book of zinik : a collective experiment ( Book )
5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Petersburg : a novel in eight chapters with a prologue and an epilogue by Andrey Bely( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
One of the most celebrated literary pieces of the twentieth century, Petersburg tells the story of young university student Nikolai, who gets involved in a revolutionary terrorist organization. They plan to assassinate a high government official with a time bomb. But the official is Apollon, Nikolai's own father
A novel in five parts by Adam Thirlwell( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
In a spa town snug in the Alps, at the end of the twentieth century, the 78-year-old Haffner is seeking a cure, redress, more women; and ignoring the will of his wife. He is there to claim her inheritance: a villa on the outskirts of a forgotten spa town. But Haffner never does what he is told
La novela multiple by Adam Thirlwell( file )
1 edition published in 2014 in Spanish and held by 0 libraries worldwide
Durante mucho tiempo, estuve dedicado al desarrollo de un proyecto para demostrar que las novelas se podían trasladar a cualquier idioma. En plena época de la aviación, elaboré este proyecto de las novelas como múltiplos. De modo que sí, al pasar del esquimal al inglés, o del inglés al japonés, habría cambios, pero éstos serían irrelevantes en cuanto a la cuestión básica de la calidad: no disminuirían el valor de esa novela en la historia de su arte. Sin embargo, esta primera versión básicamente confinaba el proyecto a oraciones mientras que una novela, obviamente, es algo mucho más grande que una oración. Y si bien este hecho no es ninguna novedad, provocó que me comenzara a preguntar si la novela no sería algo mucho más extraño de lo que había pensado en primer lugar. Así pues, comencé a pensar que este proyecto necesitaba una filosofía menos convencional y más exhaustiva. Necesitaba centrarme en la destartalada extensión de las composiciones más puras. Y es que hasta una composición única, estaba descubriendo, era un múltiplo. Este proyecto era, sin embargo, utópico: pretendía ser una plataforma para colectivos. Lo cual quería decir que necesitaba considerar las implicaciones de un último elemento: el lector ausente y múltiple
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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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