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Over the past decade and a half, Daniel Mendelsohn's reviews forThe New York Review of Books,The New Yorker, andThe New York Times Book Reviewhave earned him a reputation as ',one of the greatest critics of our time' (Poets&Writers). InWaiting for the Barbarians, he brings together twenty-four of his recent essayseach one glinting with ',verve and sparkle,' ',acumen and passion'on a wide range of subjects, fromAvatarto the poems of Arthur Rimbaud, from our inexhaustible fascination with theTitanicto Susan Sontag'sJournals. Trained as a classicist, author of two internationally best-selling memoirs, Mendelsohn moves easily from penetrating considerations of the ways in which the classics continue to make themselves felt in contemporary life and letters (Greek myth in theSpider-Manmusical, Anne Carson's translations of Sappho) to trenchant takes on pop spectaclesnone more explosively controversial than his dissection ofMad Men.Also gathered here are essays devoted to the art of fiction, from Jonathan Littell's Holocaust blockbusterThe Kindly Onesto forgotten gems like the novels of Theodor Fontane. In a final section, ',Private Lives,' prefaced by Mendelsohn'sNew Yorkeressay on fake memoirs, he considers the lives and work of writers as disparate as Leo Lerman, Nol Coward, and Jonathan Franzen.Waiting for the Barbariansonce again demonstrates that Mendelsohn's ',sweep as a cultural critic is as impressive as his depth.'

Autorentext

Daniel Mendelsohn is the author of a memoir, The Elusive Embrace; the international best seller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a translation of the works of C. P. Cavafy; and a previous collection of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken. He teaches at Bard College.



Klappentext

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD AND THE PEN ART OF THE ESSAY AWARD Over the past decade and a half, Daniel Mendelsohn's reviews for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review have earned him a reputation as "one of the greatest critics of our time" (Poets & Writers). In Waiting for the Barbarians, he brings together twenty-four of his recent essays-each one glinting with "verve and sparkle," "acumen and passion"-on a wide range of subjects, from Avatar to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud, from our inexhaustible fascination with the Titanic to Susan Sontag's Journals. Trained as a classicist, author of two internationally best-selling memoirs, Mendelsohn moves easily from penetrating considerations of the ways in which the classics continue to make themselves felt in contemporary life and letters (Greek myth in the Spider-Man musical, Anne Carson's translations of Sappho) to trenchant takes on pop spectacles-none more explosively controversial than his dissection of Mad Men. Also gathered here are essays devoted to the art of fiction, from Jonathan Littell's Holocaust blockbuster The Kindly Ones to forgotten gems like the novels of Theodor Fontane. In a final section, "Private Lives," prefaced by Mendelsohn'sNew Yorker essay on fake memoirs, he considers the lives and work of writers as disparate as Leo Lerman, Noël Coward, and Jonathan Franzen. Waiting for the Barbarians once again demonstrates that Mendelsohn's "sweep as a cultural critic is as impressive as his depth."

Produktinformationen

Titel: Waiting for the Barbarians
Untertitel: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture
Autor:
EAN: 9781590176092
ISBN: 978-1-59017-609-2
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: New York Review Books
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 440
Veröffentlichung: 16.10.2012
Jahr: 2012
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 2.5 MB