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Michael Chabon - Author

About the Author

Michael Chabon is the author of two collections of short stories A Model World  and Werewolves in their Youth and three novels, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Wonder Boys  has been made into a film starring Michael Douglas and Robert Downie Jr. and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire  and Playboy. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. Search Michael Chabon on Instagram and hear an excerpt on audio.

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Featured books by Michael Chabon

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/12/2006

Michael Chabon writes beautifully and the Mysteries of Pittsburgh, written when he was only 23, is a witty and captivating novel about youth.   Set in Pittsburgh, Art Bechstein has just finished college and has the whole summer stretching out before him.  He embarks on a series of adventures; pranks and parties, escapades and hangovers with his new group of friends.  Unsure of his sexuality, he bounces back and forth between his beautiful and exotic girlfriend Phlox who works at the library and his gay friend Arthur, trying to decide which way he should go.  Underpinning all the hedonism and abandon of youth is the shadow of Art’s gangster father and his underworld acquaintances (Art’s ‘uncles’)  whose identity Art keeps secret from his friends but which is eventually and dramatically revealed as his two worlds come together.  A great read which captures all the fun, uncertainty and recklessness of youth.

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The Final Solution

The Final Solution

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2005

A brilliant reworking of the detective story by the much-acclaimed Michael Chabon, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & KLAY. In THE FINAL SOLUTION, Michael Chabon has crafted a short, suspenseful tale of compassion and wit that reimagines the classic 19th-century detective story. In deep retirement in the English countryside, an 89-year-old man, vaguely remembered by locals as a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with other people. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion: an African grey parrot. What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of German numbers the bird spews out? A top-secret SS code? The keys to a series of Swiss bank accounts perhaps? Or something more sinister? Is the solution to this last case - the real explanation of the mysterious boy and his parrot - beyond even the reach of the once-famed sleuth? Subtle revelations lead the reader to a wrenching resolution. This brilliant homage is the work of a master storyteller at the height of his powers.

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Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/04/2014

"e;Ein reicher, gefuhlvoller Roman mit dem kultigsten Soundtrack seit High Fidelity"e; New York TimesNat Jaffe und Archy Stallings fhren gemeinsam den kleinen, aber exklusiv bestckten Jazzplattenladen Brokeland Records. Ihre Ehefrauen arbeiten gemeinsam als Hebammen. Der rger beginnt, als Gibson Goode, Footballlegende und fnftreichster Schwarzer Amerikas, gleich neben dem Plattenladen einen Megastore erffnen will.Brokeland Records scheint seltsam aus der Zeit gefallen: Menschen mit Mue und Geschmack treffen sich hier, um ber Musik und Jazzlegenden zu fabulieren. Zu den stndigen Gsten gehrt neben Jazzmusikern auch Chandler Flowers, Bestattungsunternehmer und Ratsmitglied. Eigentlich msste er auf Nats und Archys Seite stehen, doch warum setzt er sich nicht fr sie ein? Als wre die Bedrohung seiner Existenz nicht schon genug, bekommt Archy auch noch privaten rger. Seine schwangere Frau Gwen findet heraus, dass er fremdgeht, sein abgehalfterter Vater will mal wieder Geld, und dann taucht auch noch ein Junge auf, der sein unehelicher Sohn sein knnte. Die resolute Gwen wiederum kmpft nach einer missglckten Hausgeburt, die sie mit Nats Frau Aviva begleitet hat, gegen arrogante rzte, hysterische Vter und berhaupt gegen die Umstnde. Ihren Mann setzt sie kurzerhand vor die Tr. Doch wie soll es weitergehen auf der Telegraph Avenue?Ein Roman, der sich einreiht in die groen Werke der amerikanischen Gegenwartsliteratur, eine Komposition, in der Jazz und Blues mitschwingt, ein groer Wurf des Pulitzer-Preistrgers Michael Chabon.

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Moonglow

Moonglow

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/03/2018

Das neue Meisterwerk des Bestseller-Autors Michael Chabon: Ein alter Mann auf dem Sterbebett beichtet seinem Enkel die unglaubliche Geschichte seines Lebens. In diesem in den USA gefeierten Roman erzhlt Michael Chabon die unglaublichen Abenteuer seines unkonventionellen Grovaters, der einst Wernher von Braun in Deutschland jagte und ein in vielerlei Hinsicht leidenschaftliches Leben fhrte. Whrend in Deutschland die Mauer fllt, sitzt Michael am Bett seines Grovaters, der in der letzten Woche seines Lebens pltzlich gesprchig geworden ist. Der Enkel erfhrt, wie der Grovater einmal seinen Chef fast mit einer Telefonschnur erdrosselt htte, warum er eine Brcke in Washington in die Luft sprengen wollte, wie er in Deutschland den verhassten Wernher von Braun jagte, warum von Braun und er dieselbe Leidenschaft teilten und wie er nach dem Tod seiner Frau eine neue Vertraute fand. Mit sprachlicher Eleganz erzhlt Michael Chabon Episoden aus der Lebensgeschichte seines Grovaters, in denen sich die groen Themen der amerikanischen und europischen Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts - von der Mond-Raumfahrt bis zum Mauerfall - spiegeln. Ein in den USA gefeierter groer Roman, der u. a. von der Washington Post und dem Wall Street Journal zum Book of the Year gewhlt wurde, zahlreiche Auszeichnungen erhielt und die Bestsellerlisten anfhrte. "e;Ein absolutes Meisterwerk"e; The Guardian"e;Eine durch und durch bezaubernde Geschichte ber die Umwege, die das Leben einschlgt, ber die Unflle, die ihm eine neue Richtung geben, und ber die Geheimnisse, die man erahnt, aber nicht sieht"e; The Washington Post"e;Lustig, bewegend und sehr unterhaltsam. Chabon ist ein Meister seines Fachs."e; Daily Mail"e;Ein vor brillanten Ideen bersprudelnder Roman, der im Schafspelz einer Autobiografie daherkommt."e; The Wall Street Journal

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Other books by Michael Chabon

Awesome Man: The Mystery Intruder

Awesome Man: The Mystery Intruder

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

Awesome Man: The Mystery Intruder by Michael Chabon

Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces

Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2019

Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Manhood for Amateurs and Moonglow, returns with a collection of heartfelt, humorous and insightful essays on the meaning of fatherhood. You are born into a family and those are your people, and they know you and they love you and if you are lucky they even, on occasion, manage to understand you. And that ought to be enough. But it is never enough What are you allowed to talk about with your children? When to step in with advice, when to let them make their own mistakes? It's more complicated than you think. Somehow you muddle through. In this heartfelt, humorous and wise book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon attempts to weigh in on difficult conversations with his children, on everything from texting girls to death. But it is when he hangs back that he catches them transforming into their own people. What emerges is a father's deep respect for his children's passions and for their bravery in the face of conformity. Whether you know the joy and struggles of being a father, or were shaped by one, you will find a home in these stunning essays.

Bookends

Bookends

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2019

A brilliant, idiosyncratic collection of introductions and afterwords (plus some liner notes) by New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon- one of contemporary literature's most gifted prose stylists (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). In Bookends, Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon offers a compilation of pieces about literature-age-old classics as well as his own-that presents a unique look into his literary origins and influences, the books that shaped his taste and formed his ideas about writing and reading. Chabon asks why anyone would write an introduction, or for that matter, read one. His own daughter Rose prefers to skip them. Chabon's answer is simple and simultaneously profound: a hope of bringing pleasure for the reader. Likewise, afterwords-they are all about shared pleasure, about the pure love of a work of art that has inspired, awakened, transformed the reader. Ultimately, this thought-provoking compendium is a series of love letters and thank-you notes, unified by the simple theme of the shared pleasure of discovery, whether it's the boyhood revelation of the most important story in Chabon's life (Ray Bradbury's The Rocket Man ); a celebration of the greatest literary cartographer of the planet Mars (Edgar Rice Burroughs, with his character John Carter); a reintroduction to a forgotten master of ghost stories (M. R. James, ironically the happiest of men ); the recognition that the worlds of Wes Anderson's films are reassembled scale models of our own broken reality (as is all art); Chabon's own rude awakening from the muse as he writes his debut novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh; or a playful parody of lyrical interpretation in the liner notes for Mark Ronson's Uptown Special, the true purpose of which, Chabon insists, is to spread the gospel of sensible automotive safety and maintenance practices. Galaxies away from academic or didactic, Bookends celebrates wonder-and like the copy of The Phantom Tollbooth handed to young Michael by a friend of his father he never saw again-it is a treasured gift.

Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Ebook Release Date: 31/08/2018

Proslavlennyj roman sovremennogo klassika, laureat Pulitcerovskoj premii, finalist mnozhestva drugih prestizhnyh literaturnyh nagrad, kniga desyatiletiya po versii Entertainment Weekly; "e;Vojna i mir"e; na amerikanskij lad - bez aristokratov, no s supergeroyami, ehpicheskaya istoriya druzhby, lyubvi i odinochestva, chelovecheskoj tragedii i novogo iskusstva. "e;Kavaler & Klej"e; - ehto tvorcheskij dueht genial'nogo risoval'shchika Jozefa Kavalera i ego n'yu-jorkskogo kuzena Sehmmi Klejmana, sochinitelya s poistine bezgranichnoj fantaziej. Uchenik illyuzionista Jozef (na novoj rodine - Dzho) sovershaet svoj pervyj udachnyj pobeg: iz okkupirovannoj nemcami Pragi, v odnom grobu s misticheskim simvolom evrejskogo naroda - prazhskim golemom. Dzho i Sehm nachinayut vypuskat' komiks pro supergeroya EHskapista - i chem trevozhnee donosyashchiesya iz Evropy vesti, chem illyuzornee nadezhdy Dzho spasti ostavshihsya v Prage rodnyh, tem krepche b'et gitlerovcev EHskapist... Roman publikuetsya v novom perevode i s dopolnitel'nymi materialami - udalennye sceny, novoe posleslovie ot avtora i mnogoe drugoe.

Schurken der Landstrae

Schurken der Landstrae

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Ebook Release Date: 16/08/2018

"e;Ein Wortmagier, ein Spieler in allen Genres, einer der es versteht, eine gute Geschichte zu erzahlen"e; Die Welt. Sie sind ein seltsames Paar - der blasse, spinnenbeinige Zelikman sowie Amram, der afrikanisch-jdische Riese, dessen scharfe Zunge hnlich verletzen kann wie seine Streitaxt. Die beiden ziehen um das Jahr 950 durch die kaukasischen Berge und leben von Auftragsdiebstahl, Trickbetrgereien oder sonstigen beltaten - dem ungleichen Paar scheint nichts fremd. Gleichwohl kommen sie an ihre Grenzen, als sie gezwungen werden, Eskorte und Aufpasser des Prinzen der Chasaren zu werden.

Die Vereinigung jiddischer Polizisten

Die Vereinigung jiddischer Polizisten

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Ebook Release Date: 16/08/2018

"e;Ein Wortmagier, ein Spieler in allen Genres, einer der es versteht, eine gute Geschichte zu erzahlen"e; Die Welt. Meyer Landsman vom Morddezernat hat Probleme. Seine Ehe ist am Ende, er trinkt und steckt auch beruflich in einer Sackgasse: In dem billigen Hotel, in dem er wohnt, wurde ein Mord begangen. Das Opfer ist ein ehemaliges Schach-Wunderkind, und Landsman beginnt mit den Untersuchungen. Doch als von ganz oben die Anweisung ergeht, dass der Fall sofort zu den Akten gelegt werden soll, ermittelt Landsman mit seinem Partner auf eigene Faust und gert tief in eine Welt, in der politische Ziele und religiser Wahn eine gefhrliche Allianz eingehen.

Pops

Pops

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Ebook Release Date: 15/05/2018

Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Manhood for Amateurs and Moonglow, returns with a collection of heartfelt, humorous and insightful essays on the meaning of fatherhood. You are born into a family and those are your people, and they know you and they love you and if you are lucky they even, on occasion, manage to understand you. And that ought to be enough. But it is never enough What are you allowed to talk about with your children? When to step in with advice, when to let them make their own mistakes? It's more complicated than you think. Somehow you muddle through. In this heartfelt, humorous and wise book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon attempts to weigh in on difficult conversations with his children, on everything from texting girls to death. But it is when he hangs back that he catches them transforming into their own people. What emerges is a father's deep respect for his children's passions and for their bravery in the face of conformity. Whether you know the joy and struggles of being a father, or were shaped by one, you will find a home in these stunning essays.

Moonglow

Moonglow

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Ebook Release Date: 26/01/2017

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Washington Post Book of the Year An NPR Book of the Year A Wall Street Journal Book of the Year A Slate Book of the Year'Probably Chabon's greatest, a piece of sustained writing that will be hard to see outdone in 2017' The Times'Entirely sure footed, propulsive, the work of a master at his very best. The brilliance of Moonglow stands as a strident defence of the form itself, a bravura demonstration of the endless mutability and versatility of the novel' Observer'The world, like the Tower of Babel or my grandmother's deck of cards, was made out of stories, and it was always on the verge of collapse.'Moonglow unfolds as a deathbed confession. An old man, his tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, his memory stirred by the imminence of death, tells stories to his grandson, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried. Why did he try to strangle a former business partner with a telephone cord? What was he thinking when he and a buddy set explosives on a bridge in Washington, D.C.? What did he feel while he hunted down Wernher von Braun in Germany? And what did he see in the young girl he met in Baltimore after returning home from the war?From the Jewish slums of pre-war Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of a New York prison, from the heyday of the space programme to the twilight of 'the American Century', Moonglow collapses an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week.

Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/06/2016

Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon

Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2013

From the bestselling author of 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay'; his first novel in 5 years is a lovingly painted pop-culture epic. As summer in Oakland, California, draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are hanging in there, co-regents of Brokeland Records. Their wives, Gwen and Aviva, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of legendary midwives. When former star quarterback Gibson Goode announces plans to dump his latest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear the worst for their vulnerable little enterprise, as behind Goode's proposal lurks a nefarious scheme. And while their husbands struggle to mount a defence, Aviva and Gwen find themselves caught up in a professional battle that tests their friendship. Then into their already tangled lives comes Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged.

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Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Ebook Release Date: 12/06/2012

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEThe beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay, a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. Now with special bonus material by Michael Chabon.A towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book (Newsweek), hailed as Chabons magnum opus (The New York Review of Books), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939. A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink. Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of Americas finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age.NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFinalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book PrizeWinner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the New York Society Library Book AwardNamed one of the 10 Best Books of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Meet Awesome Man - a brand new superhero, who's out of this world! The first picture book from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon perfectly captures the fantasy life of young superhero fans. Awesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight as an arrow and hug mutant Jelly! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the flaming Eyeballs are no match for this caped crusader. But Awesome Man also has his secret... Can you guess what it is?

Model World

Model World

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Ebook Release Date: 20/12/2011

Chabon's dazzling first story collection reveals lives anchored in fantasy but disrupted by surprising realitiesIn these eleven elegant tales, characters hold tight to private dreams even as their closest relationships crumble. Five stories follow Nathan Shapiro from the spoiled beach vacation where he learns of his parents' divorce through his anxious adolescence and a woefully misguided crush. Other stories find ex-lovers tormenting each other at an oceanside cafe, a has-been baseball pro at the funeral of a more successful teammate, and a Pittsburgh disc jockey still pining for a woman who married him to get her American citizenship.Graceful, witty, and moving, the stories of A Model World helped establish Chabon as one of America's most distinctive fiction writers and prose stylists.This ebook features a biography of the author.

Werewolves in Their Youth

Werewolves in Their Youth

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Ebook Release Date: 20/12/2011

Chabon's second story collection, about couples and families suffused with yearning but crippled by broken loveParalysis in the face of insight afflicts many characters in this stunning volume. In the title story, a boy named Paul does nothing to protect his feral friend Timothy from the scorn of teachers and classmates alike, even though he knows the reasons for Timothy's irritating games. In other stories, a young alpha couple sees a future together in the defects of a house up for sale, a heartbroken thief finds his ex-girlfriend's grandma to be an easy mark, and a man drifts away from a wife who has experienced a terrible misfortune.At times darkly funny, and others achingly beautiful, Werewolves in Their Youth renders the sad compromises of adulthood and the vivid fantasies of childhood with clarity and warmth.This ebook features a biography of the author.

Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/09/2011

Awesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight asan arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped crusader. But Awesome Man also has a secret. . . . Can you guess what it is? The first picture book from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon perfectly captures the fantasy life of young superhero fans.

Maps and Legends

Maps and Legends

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

A collection of essays on books and why they matter by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY and WONDER BOYS. MAPS AND LEGENDS is a love song in sixteen parts - a series of linked essays in praise of reading and writing, with subjects running from ghost stories to comic books, Sherlock Holmes to Cormac McCarthy. Throughout, Chabon energetically argues for a return to the thrilling, chilling origins of storytelling, rejecting the false walls around 'serious' literature in favour of a wide-ranging affection. His own fiction, meanwhile, is explored from the perspective of personal history: post-collegiate desperation sparks his debut, THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH; procrastination and doubt reveal the way towards WONDER BOYS; a love of comics and a basement golem combine to create the Pulitzer Prize-winning THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY; and an enigmatic Yiddish phrasebook unfurls into THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION.

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