Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner audiobook

Leaving the Atocha Station

By Ben Lerner
Read by Ben Lerner

Dreamscape 9781566892742
5.67 Hours Unabridged
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AdamGordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American poet on aprestigious fellowship in Madrid, struggling to establish his sense of self andhis relationship to art. What is actual when our experiences are mediated bylanguage, technology, medication, and the arts? Is poetry an essential artform, or merely a screen for the reader’s projections? Instead of following thedictates of his fellowship, Adam’s “research” becomes a meditation on thepossibility of the genuine in the arts and beyond: are his relationships withthe people he meets in Spain as fraudulent as he fears his poems are? A witnessto the 2004 Madrid train bombings and their aftermath, does he participate inhistoric events or merely watch them pass him by? Inprose that veers between the comic and tragic, the self-contemptuous and theinspired, Leaving the Atocha Station is a portrait of the artist as ayoung man in an age of Google searches, pharmaceuticals, and spectacle.

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2011 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Prize for First Fiction

Finalist for the 2013 James Tait Black Memorial Prize

One of Newsweek's Top 100 Books in 2011

A 2011 Boston Globe Book of the Year for Fiction

A 2011 Guardian Best Book of the Year for Fiction

AdamGordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American poet on aprestigious fellowship in Madrid, struggling to establish his sense of self andhis relationship to art. What is actual when our experiences are mediated bylanguage, technology, medication, and the arts? Is poetry an essential artform, or merely a screen for the reader’s projections? Instead of following thedictates of his fellowship, Adam’s “research” becomes a meditation on thepossibility of the genuine in the arts and beyond: are his relationships withthe people he meets in Spain as fraudulent as he fears his poems are? A witnessto the 2004 Madrid train bombings and their aftermath, does he participate inhistoric events or merely watch them pass him by?

Inprose that veers between the comic and tragic, the self-contemptuous and theinspired, Leaving the Atocha Station is a portrait of the artist as ayoung man in an age of Google searches, pharmaceuticals, and spectacle.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hilarious and cracklingly intelligent.” Jonathan Franzen
“A subtle, sinuous, and very funny first novel.” New Yorker
“A marvelous novel, not least because of the magical way that it reverses the postmodernist spell, transmuting a fraudulent figure into a fully dimensional and compelling character.” Wall Street Journal
“A noteworthy debut…Lerner succeeds in drawing out the problems inherent in art, expectation, and communication.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Ben Lerner

Author Bio: Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner, born in Topeka, Kansas, is an acclaimed author and a professor of English at Brooklyn College. His novel The Topeka School was named a best book of the year by Time, Esquire, Vogue, Vulture, and many other major publications. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, won the 2012 Believer Book Award, and excerpts from 10:04 have been awarded the Paris Review‘s Terry Southern Prize. He has published three poetry collections: Mean Free Path, The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, Howard, and MacArthur Foundations.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English