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Lethem, Jonathan

Works: 203 works in 1,045 publications in 21 languages and 35,715 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Bildungsromans  Drama  Horror fiction  Short stories  Romance fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Urban fiction  Satire 
Roles: Author, Editor, Adapter, Instrumentalist, Author of introduction, wpr, Creator, Other, Contributor, wat, win, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Narrator, Performer, Composer, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3562.E8544, 813.54
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Publications about Jonathan Lethem
Publications by Jonathan Lethem
Most widely held works by Jonathan Lethem
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
97 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 18 languages and held by 2,698 libraries worldwide
St. Vincent's Home for Boys, Brooklyn, early 1970s. For Lionel Essrog, a.k.a. The Human Freakshow, a victim of Tourette's syndrome (an uncontrollable urge to shout out nonsense, touch every surface in reach, rearrange objects), Frank Minna is a savior. A local tough guy and fixer, Minna shows up to take Lionel and three of his fellow orphans on mysterious errands: they empty a store of stereos as the owner watches; destroy a small amusement park; visit old Italian men. The four grow up to be the Minna Men, a fly-by-night detective agency-cum-limo service, and their days and nights revolve around Frank, the prince of Brooklyn, who glides through life on street smarts, attitude, and secret knowledge. Then one dreadful night, Frank is knifed and thrown into a Dumpster, and Lionel must become a real detective. As Lionel struggles to find Frank's killer--without letting his Tourette's get in the way--he's forced to delve into the complex, shadowy web of relationships, threats, and favors that make up the Brooklyn world he thought he knew so well. No one--not Frank, not Frank's bitter wife, Julia, not the other Minna Men--is who they seem. Not even The Human Freakshow. All of the Lethem touches that have thrilled critics are here--crackling dialogue, sly humor, dizzying plot twists--but they're secondary to wonderfully full, tragic, funny characterizations, and a dazzling evocation of place. Indeed, Brooklyn--with its charming folkways and language, its unique style of bad-guy swagger and sentimentality--becomes itself a major character. ... from publisher's description
The fortress of solitude : a novel by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
84 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 2,401 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
Dissident gardens : a novel by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
47 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in 11 languages and held by 1,720 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"--
Chronic city : a novel by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
41 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,580 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
Five novels of the 1960s & 70s by Philip K Dick( Book )
9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,216 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
You don't love me yet by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
34 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,136 libraries worldwide
Jonathan Lethem turns a keen, affectionate eye on the paradoxes of love and art in this romantic farce set among the members of an aspiring Los Angeles rock band
A gambler's anatomy : a novel by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,007 libraries worldwide
An international backgammon hustler, who has amassed a fortune through psychic tomfoolery, develops a large tumor on his face that compromises his vision and eventually threatens his life, forcing him to pursue an experimental surgery and contemplate existential questions
Ernest Hemingway's The killers by Robert Siodmak( visu )
5 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 922 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
Men and cartoons : stories by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
17 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and Italian and held by 828 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
The ecstasy of influence : nonfictions, etc. by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
16 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 827 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
Lucky Alan : and other stories by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
19 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 827 libraries worldwide
"Jonathan Lethem's third collection of stories uncovers a father's nervous breakdown at SeaWorld in "Pending Vegan"; a foundling child rescued from the woods during a blizzard in "Traveler Home"; a political prisoner in a hole in a Brooklyn street in "Procedure in Plain Air"; and a crumbling, haunted "blog" on a seaside cliff in "The Dreaming Jaw, The Salivating Ear." Each of these locates itself in Lethem-land, which can be discovered only by visiting. As in his celebrated novels, Lethem finds the uncanny lurking in the mundane, the irrational self-defeat seeping through our upstanding pursuits, and the tragic undertow of the absurd world(s) in which we live. Devoted fans of Lethem will recognize familiar themes: the anxiety of influence taken to reductio ad absurdum in "The King of Sentences"; a hapless, horny outsider summoning bravado in "The Porn Critic"; characters from forgotten comics stranded on a desert island in "Their Back Pages." As always in Lethem, humor and poignancy work in harmony, humans strive desperately for connection, words find themselves misaligned to deeds, and the sentences are glorious"--
Gun, with occasional music by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
32 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 748 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
Girl in landscape by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
28 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 738 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
As she climbed across the table by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
37 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 715 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
The exegesis of Philip K. Dick by Philip K Dick( Book )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 670 libraries worldwide
"Preserved in typed and hand-written notes and journal entries, letters and story sketches, Philip K. Dick's Exegesis 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. The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick will make this tantalizing work available to the public for the first time in an annotated two-volume abridgement. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this will be the definitive presentation of Dick's brilliant, and epic, final work"--
An introduction to Old School by Tobias Wolff by Dan Stone( Sound Recording )
5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 569 libraries worldwide
Readings of excerpts and critical analysis
Unfaithfully yours by Preston Sturges( visu )
3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 546 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
Amnesia moon by Jonathan Lethem( Book )
26 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 543 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
We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 539 libraries worldwide
Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods--until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiousity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp
Fridays at Enrico's by Don Carpenter( Book )
6 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 392 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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Jonathan Lethem Amerikaans schrijver
Jonathan Lethem amerikansk författare
Jonathan Lethem amerikansk skribent
Jonathan Lethem écrivain américain
Jonathan Lethem escritor estadounidense.
Jonathan Lethem scrittore e saggista statunitense
Jonathan Lethem US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller
Ledŏm, Jonadan 1964-‏
Letem, Dzhonatan
Letem, Dzhonatan 1964-
Letem, Gʾonatan 1964-
Letham, Jonathan 1964-
Lethem, Jonatham 1964-
Lethem, Jonathan Allen
Джонатан Летем
Джонатан Літем
Летем А. Д
Летем А. Д. 1964-
Летем, Джонатан 1964-
Литэм А. Д
Литэм А. Д. 1964-
Литэм Д
Литэм Д. 1964-
ג'ונתן לת'ם
לתם, ג׳ונתן 1964-
לתם, ג'ונתן
레덤, 조나단
조너선 리섬 미국의 소설가, 수필가
レセム, ジョナサン
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