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The last great road bum

Author: Héctor Tobar
Publisher: New York : MCD, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In The Last Great Road Bum, Héctor Tobar turns the peripatetic true story of a naive son of Urbana, Illinois, who died fighting with guerrillas in El Salvador into the great American novel for our times. Joe Sanderson died in pursuit of a life worth writing about. He was, in his words, a 'road bum,' an adventurer and a storyteller, belonging to no place, people, or set of ideas. He was born into a childhood of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Action and adventure fiction
Fiction
Road fiction
Adventure fiction
Named Person: Joe Sanderson
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Héctor Tobar
ISBN: 9780374183424 0374183422
OCLC Number: 1119987010
Notes: Maps on endpages.
Description: xii, 396 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (color) ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Héctor Tobar.

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"In The Last Great Road Bum, Héctor Tobar turns the peripatetic true story of a naive son of Urbana, Illinois, who died fighting with guerrillas in El Salvador into the great American novel for our times. Joe Sanderson died in pursuit of a life worth writing about. He was, in his words, a 'road bum,' an adventurer and a storyteller, belonging to no place, people, or set of ideas. He was born into a childhood of middle-class contentment in Urbana, Illinois and died fighting with guerillas in Central America. With these facts, acclaimed novelist and journalist Héctor Tobar set out to write what would become The Last Great Road Bum. A decade ago, Tobar came into possession of the personal writings of the late Joe Sanderson, which chart Sanderson's freewheeling course across the known world, from Illinois to Jamaica, to Vietnam, to Nigeria, to El Salvador - a life determinedly an adventure, ending in unlikely, anonymous heroism. The Last Great Road Bum is the great American novel Joe Sanderson never could have written, but did truly live - a fascinating, timely hybrid of fiction and nonfiction that only a master of both like Héctor Tobar could pull off."--Provided by publisher.

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