Jonathan Franzen - Author

About the Author

Jonathan Franzen was born in 1959 and is the author of three novels – The Twenty-Seventh City (1988), Strong Motion (1992), The Corrections (2001) – a collection of essays, How to Be Alone (2002), a memoir, The Discomfort Zone (2006) and a translation of Spring Awakening, a play by Frank Wedekind (2007). His honours include a Whiting Writers Award in 1988, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, the American Academy's Berlin Prize in 2000, and the National Book Award (for The Corrections) in 2001. He writes frequently for the New Yorker, and lives in New York City.

 

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The End of the End of the Earth

The End of the End of the Earth

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/11/2018

A sharp and provocative new essay collection from the award-winning author of Purity, Freedom and The Corrections In The End of the End of the Earth, which gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes - both human and literary - that have long preoccupied him. Whether exploring his complex relationship with his uncle, recounting his young adulthood in New York, or offering an illuminating look at the global seabird crisis, these pieces contain all the wit and disabused realism that we've come to expect from Franzen. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day, made more pressing by the current political milieu. The End of the End of the Earth is remarkable, provocative and necessary.

The End of the End of the Earth

The End of the End of the Earth

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/11/2018

A sharp and provocative new essay collection from the award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections In The End of the End of the Earth, which gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes - both human and literary - that have long preoccupied him. Whether exploring his complex relationship with his uncle, recounting his young adulthood in New York, or offering an illuminating look at the global seabird crisis, these pieces contain all the wit and disabused realism that we've come to expect from Franzen. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day, made more pressing by the current political milieu. The End of the End of the Earth is remarkable, provocative and necessary.

Cistoca

Cistoca

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2017

Cetrnaest godina nakon Korekcija"e; i pet godina nakon Slobode"e; Franzen je napisao jos jedan velik roman, najintimniji dosad, u kojem je svojem glasu dodao neke nove tonove"e;.The New York TimesA istoA a"e;, naslov novog romana Jonathana Franzena, ujedno je i znaA enje imena glavne junakinje (Purity) i koncept koji zadobiva mnoge oblike u romanu.Purity Pip Tyler A ivi kao skvoterica u Oaklandu, optereA ena je studentskim kreditom, a jedina joj je obitelj majka. Odrasla gotovo u izolaciji, ne zna majA in pravi identitet ni tko joj je otac i boji se da nikad neA e imati normalan A ivot.DruA enje s anarhistima iz NjemaA ke odvodi Pip u JuA nu Ameriku gdje poA inje raditi kao pripravnica u SunA anom projektu, hakerskoj skupini sliA noj WikiLeaksu. Pip se nada da A e tamo otkriti tajnu svoga podrijetla. Na A elu grupacije karizmatiA ni je Andreas Wolf, koji je mladost proveo u IstoA noj NjemaA koj i proslavio se u vrijeme pada Berlinskoga zida. Premda mnogo stariji od nje, Wolf pokazuje naklonost prema Pip i izmeA u njih se razvija poseban i intenzivan odnos.Ova se priA a grana u proA lost i sadaA njost, u sedam povezanih dijelova knjige koji su ispripovijedani kroz prizme razliA itih likova. Pri tom Franzen stvara svijet originalnih i nezaboravnih likova - novinari, leakeri, ljubavnici i supruA nici, loA i pisci, karijeristi, tragiA ari.Gotovo svaki lik u romanu traA i "e;A istoA u"e; u nekom obliku, a propitivanje istine i laA i, A istog i zagaA enog dogaA a se na mnogim razinama njihove egzistencije i meA usobnih odnosa.istoA a"e; je zamrA en, ali savrA eno kontroliran roman o velikim temama (A ivot u komunizmu i pad IstoA nog bloka, ogoljavanje privatnosti u eri interneta, korupcijske afere u visokoj politici, toksiA nost kulture opsjednute slavom). No ipak, u samom srcu romana pulsiraju puno intimniji problemi i teme: propali brakovi, slomljena prijateljstva, muA na djetinjstva, seksualne fantazije i perverzije, trenuci kad se suoA avamo s vlastitim demonima, ludilom i kaosom. Svi likovi u romanu nose neku svoju tajnu, sram i krivnju, a sm Franzen "e;A istoA u"e; je nazvao knjigom o naA im modricama i povredama.Ovim romanom Franzen je joA jedanput pokazao da je izuzetan pripovjedaA koji proniA e u bolne toA ke danaA njice i naA e egzistencije, snaA no, duhovito i s profinjenom dozom ironije.

Das Ende vom Ende der Welt

Das Ende vom Ende der Welt

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2017

Mit dem Geld, das ihm sein Onkel Walt unerwartet hinterlassen hat, ist Jonathan Franzen auf der National Geographic Orion, einem Luxuskreuzfahrtschiff der Lindblad Expeditions, drei Wochen lang in die Antarktis gereist. Er hatte erwartet, auf der Fahrt von Naturfreunden umgeben zu sein, stattdessen sah er sich in der Gesellschaft von steinreichen Leuten, die die sundhaft teuren "e;Lindblad"e;-Kreuzfahrten wie Trophaen sammeln und sich lieber hinter ihren Kameras verschanzen, als die Eisberge, Kaiserpinguine und anderen Naturwunder wirklich zu sehen. Auch die Themen Klimawandel, Uberfischung und Artenschutz ziehen bei ihnen nicht richtig - Franzen nimmt sich, mal wieder, als ein Problem wahr. Allein auf dem Deck, bei rauem Wind und eisiger Kalte, ausgestattet mit seinem Fernglas und viel Geduld, halt er Ausschau nach dem, was es in wenigen Jahren aller Voraussicht nach so nicht mehr geben wird. Und erinnert sich an seinen jungst verstorbenen Onkel Walt, dessen Erbe diese Reise finanziert hat - einen Mann, der trotz schwerer Schicksalsschlage niemals aufhorte, das Leben zu lieben. Er hatte seine Tochter bei einem Verkehrsunfall verloren, dann die Frau, weil sie dement wurde, schlielich seine spate Liebe - Franzens Mutter - an den Krebs. In diesem Essay erzhlt Jonathan Franzen also von weit mehr als "e;nur"e; von bedrohter Natur und von bedrohter Erde. Er erzhlt von Familie, Eltern und Kindern, sehr persnlich und zutiefst bewegend. "e;Selbst auf einer Erde, auf der alles stirbt, wchst neue Liebe nach."e;

Purity

Purity

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2016

The Sunday Times bestseller from the author of Freedom and The Corrections Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life. Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with the Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world - including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn't understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong. Jonathan Franzen's Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Corrections and Freedom has imagined a world of vividly original characters - Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers - and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Purity is the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time.

Tisztasag

Tisztasag

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2016

Korunk egyik legjelentosebb irojanak regota vart uj regenye nagy ivu, kontinenseken es evtizedeken atnyulo tobbgeneracios tortenet. Foszereploje egy Pip"e; Tyler nevu fiatal no, akinek a valodi neve Purity, azaz Tisztasag. Szazharmincezer dollaros diakhitellel a nyakaban Oaklandben squattol anarchistakkal, kapcsolata egyetlen csaladtagjaval, az anyjaval zuros, es fogalma sincs rola, ki az apja.Pip megismerkedik egy karizmatikus nemet hackerrel, a kenyes adatokat kiszivarogtato Andreas Wolffal, s ahogy a cselekmeny az USA-tol Boliviaig es a berlini fal leomlasa elotti Kelet-Nemetorszagig agazik szet, egyre tobb rejtelyt fed fel a csaladjarol. A het nagy reszbol allo, rafinalt szerkezetu regeny vegere aztan a nagy kirakos minden darabja a helyere kerul.Sotet titkok, manipulaciok, hazugsagok, ifjukori idealizmus, vegletes huseg, szulo-gyerek kapcsolat, szerelem es csalad, a nemek kozti harc, a mindenutt jelen levo, "e;totalitarius"e; internet - effele nagy temakat vizsgal a szerzo emlekezetes karaktereket felvonultato, csupasziv, elbuvoloen intelligens regenyeben.Jonathan Franzen (1959) a kortars amerikai irodalom megkerulhetetlen alakja, aki erzekenyen reagal koranak jelensegeire, es a nagy tarsadalmi mozgasokat regenyirokent beepiti szereploinek legaprobb rezduleseibe is. Javitasok cimu regenye elnyerte a Nemzeti Konyvdijat. Tovabbi, magyarul is megjelent muvei: Szabadsag (2012), Eros renges (2013), Diszkomfortzona (2015).

Diszkomfortzona

Diszkomfortzona

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 29/02/2016

Ime a nagy amerikai iro arckepe kolyokkutya koraban. A milio, amelyben Jonathan Franzen nevelkedett: St. Louis, a baratsagos es szolid kozep-nyugati "e;kisvaros"e;; a fojtogatonak erzett csaladi legkor; a lazado hippi baty es peldakep, s a korszak - a hetvenes evek - a maga kozeposztalybeli bizonyossagaival, amelyek ido multan igencsak megrendultek. A szegyen es a szorongas, ami athatotta kamaszeletet; az iskolai csinytevesek; egy kereszteny ifjusagi kozosseg viselt dolgai; a nemet nyelvvel es irodalommal, Kafkaval es Rilkevel valo ismerkedes; egy zatonyra futo hazassag; a madarmegfigyeles oromei es nehezsegei - megannyi tortenet es motivum, amelyek visszakoszonnek a Javitasok es a Szabadsag regenyvilagaban.A kotet hat ragyogo esszeje onbecsmerles es onelegultseg, szemermes rejtozkodes es onkitarulkozas sajatos elegyet alkotva mutatja be egy iroember felnotte valasat, aki negyvenot evesen elmondhatta magarol, hogy eppen olyan, amilyen tizenhet evesen lenni szeretett volna.Mar joval elmult ejfel, es a kevesbe kozeli barataink mar regen hazamentek, amikor azon vettem eszre magam, hogy egyedul tancolok a szoba kozepen Elvis Costello Chelsea-jere, kigyozo mozdulatokkal, ahogy szoktam, a tobbiek meg neznek. A kifejezokeszsegemet neztek, irtam masnap a jegyzetfuzetembe, St. Louis fele, a repulogepen. En ezt tudtam, es meg csak egy perc mehetett le a szambol, amikor odapillantottam rajuk, s a mosolyommal azt uzentem, Ah, mennyi figyelmet pazaroltok szereny szemelyemre. Azt hiszem, ebben a mosolyban volt az igazi kifejezoero. Miert van ez az ember zavarban? Nincs zavarban, es szereti, ha nezik. Megis azert van zavarban, mert a figyelem kozeppontjaban van, es mert el se hiszi, hogy masok ilyen csendesen reszeseve tudnak valni az onkitarulkozasanak. Joindulatu lenezes van a mosolyaban."e;

Die Klima-Klemme

Die Klima-Klemme

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2015

Jonathan Franzen, der leidenschaftliche Ornithologe, beschaftigt sich in diesem Essay mit dem Klimawandel und der Frage, was der Einzelne dagegen tun kann. Gegen den globalen CO2-Aussto vermoge keiner etwas, befindet er, aber man konne sich fur den Schutz der Arten in seiner Umgebung engagieren. Eine franziskanische Haltung, die zum Ziel hat, die konkrete Natur in Form von Naturreservaten zu schutzen. Der Essay, der zuerst im April 2015 im "e;New Yorker"e; erschien und dort eine intensive Debatte auslste, zeigt die andere Seite des groen Romanciers: Jonathan Franzen, der Vogelfreund, ergreift Partei im ffentlichen Diskurs ber den Klimawandel.

Unschuld

Unschuld

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2015

Die junge Pip Tyler wei nicht, wer ihr Vater ist. Das ist keineswegs ihr einziges Problem: Sie hat Studienschulden, ihr Burojob in Oakland ist eine Sackgasse, sie liebt einen verheirateten Mann, und ihre Mutter erdruckt sie mit Liebe und Geheimniskramerei. Pip wei weder, wo und wann sie geboren wurde, noch kennt sie den wirklichen Namen und Geburtstag ihrer Mutter. Als ihr eines Tages eine Deutsche beim "e;Sunlight Project"e; des Whistleblowers Andreas Wolf ein Praktikum anbietet, hofft sie, dass der ihr mit seinem Internet-Journalismus bei der Vatersuche helfen kann. Sie stellt ihre Mutter vor die Wahl: Entweder sie luftet das Geheimnis ihrer Herkunft, oder Pip macht sich auf nach Bolivien, wo Andreas Wolf im Schutz einer paradiesischen Bergwelt sein Enthullungswerk vollbringt. Und wenig spater bricht sie auf. "e;Unschuld"e;, eine tiefschwarze Komdie ber jugendlichen Idealismus, malose Treue und den Kampf zwischen den Geschlechtern, handelt von Schuld in den unterschiedlichsten Facetten: Andreas Wolf, in Ostberlin als Sohn eines hochrangigen DDR-Politfunktionrs geboren, hat aus Liebe zu einer Frau vor Jahren ein Verbrechen begangen; ein Amerikaner, dem er in den Wirren des Berliner Mauerfalls begegnet, hat den Kinderwunsch seiner Frau nicht erfllt und sie dann verlassen; dessen neue Lebensgefhrtin kann ihrem Ehemann, der im Rollstuhl sitzt, nicht den Rcken kehren und pflegt ihn weiter In diesem fulminanten amerikanisch-deutschen Gesellschaftsroman eines der grten, sprachmchtigsten Autoren unserer Zeit berschlagen sich die Ereignisse. Und bannen den Leser bis zum Schluss.

Purity

Purity

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/09/2015

The Sunday Times bestseller from the author of Freedom and The CorrectionsYoung Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life.Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with the Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world - including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn't understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.Jonathan Franzen's Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Corrections and Freedom has imagined a world of vividly original characters - Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers - and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Purity is the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time.

Purity

Purity

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2015

The Sunday Times bestseller from the author of Freedom and The Corrections Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life. Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with the Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world - including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn't understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong. Jonathan Franzen's Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Corrections and Freedom has imagined a world of vividly original characters - Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers - and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Purity is the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time.

Purity

Purity

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2015

The Sunday Times bestseller from the author of Freedom and The Corrections. Includes an interview with the author. Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life. Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with the Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world - including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn't understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong. Jonathan Franzen's Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Corrections and Freedom has imagined a world of vividly original characters - Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers - and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Purity is the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time.

Purity

Purity

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2015

A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of FreedomYoung Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother--her only family--is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life. Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world--including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn't understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong. Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Corrections and Freedom has imagined a world of vividly original characters--Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers--and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Purity is the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time.

Eros renges

Eros renges

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2014

Foldrenges, szex es egy varatlan orokseg. Kornyezetszennyezes, New Age, amator radiozas, na meg magzatvedelem. A szokott modon csavaros cselekmeny ezeket a temakat suriti morajlo, a Richter-skalan abrazolhatoan hatasos eleggye. Markansan egyenitett, mokas es esendo alakok talalkoznak kisulesekben bovelkedo helyzetekben. Mersz szerzA , nem fl az risi kockzattl."e; Michael Blumfield, The Orlando SentinelFranzen zaboltlan kpzeletnek s klnleges, egyszerre komoly s komikus hangvtelnek eredmnyt tartjuk a keznkben."e; Josh Rubins, The New York Times Book ReviewLrai, drmai, de mindenekelA tt flelmet nem ismerA ."e; The Philadelphia InquirerLersai azon nyomban megelevenednek, s ez rendkvli adottsg."e; Michael Upchurch, The Seattle TimesJonathan Franzen (1959) a Szabadsg s a Javtsok szerzA je. Utbbi regny 2001-ben elnyerte a tekintlyes amerikai Nemzeti Knyvdjat. Az ErA s rengs angolul eredetileg 1992-ben ltott napvilgot. Az illinois-i szletsA szerzA sokig lt Boston krnykn, ahol e knyv cselekmnye is jtszdik. Jelenleg Kalifornia s New York kztt osztja meg idejt.

Das Kraus-Projekt

Das Kraus-Projekt

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 28/11/2014

Jonathan Franzen hat schon oft gezeigt, wie viel ihm deutsche Sprache und Literatur bedeuten. Jetzt hat er sich mit einem weiteren Helden seiner Deutsch-Lekturen befasst, dem Sprach- und Kulturkritiker Karl Kraus (1874-1936), einem der bedeutendsten osterreichischen Schriftsteller des beginnenden 20. Jahrhunderts, so scharfsichtig und scharfzungig wie kein anderer seiner Zeit. Vor etwa 100 Jahren prangerte er in seiner Zeitschrift "e;Die Fackel"e; den Einfluss der Massenmedien an, kritisierte die entmenschlichenden Folgen von Technik und Konsumkapitalismus sowie die chauvinistische Rhetorik in der Zeit vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg bis in die Weimarer Republik. Aber obwohl er glhende Anhnger hatte, darunter Franz Kafka und Walter Benjamin, blieb er ein einsamer Prophet, und heute sind seine Schriften nur noch wenigen bekannt. Mit seinem "e;Kraus-Projekt"e; versucht Jonathan Franzen, das zu ndern. Er versammelt die aus seiner Sicht bedeutsamsten zwei Aufstze des Wiener Polemikers und hat sie - untersttzt von Daniel Kehlmann und dem Kraus-Experten Paul Reitter - auf aufsehenerregende Weise, nmlich sehr persnlich kommentiert. So erfhrt der Leser nicht nur Wesentliches ber den literaturhistorischen Hintergrund, sondern erhlt auch Hinweise zum Verstndnis der komplexen Texte und neue Einblicke in Franzens Denken, Leben, Werk.

The Kraus Project

The Kraus Project

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2014

A great American writer's confrontation with a great European critic - a personal and intellectual awakening. Karl Kraus: satirist. Controversialist. Forgotten voice of the early twentieth century. Jonathan Franzen: bestseller. Contrarian. One of the greatest novelists working today. Recalling his student days, the celebrated author of `The Corrections' and `Freedom' recounts his discovery of Kraus and presents his own translations and annotations of the philosopher's most famous essays. A pioneer of self-publishing, Kraus brilliantly attacked the mass media and the dehumanizing machinery of technology and capitalism. A notoriously difficult writer, Kraus has met his match in Franzen: a popular novelist unafraid to voice unpopular opinions. In the extensive footnotes Franzen explains why Kraus is relevant today - while also revealing his own intellectual and personal preoccupations. Painstakingly wrought, strikingly original, `The Kraus Project' is a feast of thought and literature.

Corrections (Mandarin Edition)

Corrections (Mandarin Edition)

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2014

After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home

Farther Away

Farther Away

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/04/2013

The new book of articles and opinion from Jonathan Franzen, author of `Freedom' and `The Corrections'. Jonathan Franzen's `Freedom' was the runaway most-discussed novel of 2010, an ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the 21st century. Now, a new collection of Franzen's non-fiction brings fresh demonstrations of his vivid, moral intelligence, confirming his status not only as a great American novelist but also as a master noticer, social critic, and self-investigator. In `Farther Away', which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, the writer returns with renewed vigor to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. Whether recounting his violent encounter with bird poachers in Cyprus, examining his mixed feelings about the suicide of his friend and rival David Foster Wallace, or offering a moving and witty take on the ways that technology has changed how people express their love, these pieces deliver on Franzen's implicit promise to conceal nothing from the reader. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day. `Farther Away' is remarkable, provocative, and necessary.

How to Be Alone

How to Be Alone

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 29/01/2013

Passionate, strong-minded nonfiction from the National Book Award-winning author of The CorrectionsJonathan Franzen's The Corrections was the best-loved and most-written-about novel of 2001. Nearly every in-depth review of it discussed what became known as "e;The Harper's Essay,"e; Franzen's controversial 1996 investigation of the fate of the American novel. This essay is reprinted for the first time in How to be Alone, along with the personal essays and the dead-on reportage that earned Franzen a wide readership before the success of The Corrections. Although his subjects range from the sex-advice industry to the way a supermax prison works, each piece wrestles with familiar themes of Franzen's writing: the erosion of civic life and private dignity and the hidden persistence of loneliness in postmodern, imperial America. Recent pieces include a moving essay on his father's stuggle with Alzheimer's disease (which has already been reprinted around the world) and a rueful account of Franzen's brief tenure as an Oprah Winfrey author.As a collection, these essays record what Franzen calls "e;a movement away from an angry and frightened isolation toward an acceptance--even a celebration--of being a reader and a writer."e; At the same time they show the wry distrust of the claims of technology and psychology, the love-hate relationship with consumerism, and the subversive belief in the tragic shape of the individual life that help make Franzen one of our sharpest, toughest, and most entertaining social critics.

Weiter weg

Weiter weg

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 18/01/2013

Nach dem groen Erfolg seines Romans "e;Freiheit"e; veroffentlicht Jonathan Franzen nun Essays uber das, was ihn nicht loslasst - Umwelt, Reisen und menschliche Beziehungen, immer wieder auch Literatur. Er erzhlt von der Jagd auf Singvgel in Mittelmeerlndern und der Gefahr, der er selbst ausgesetzt war, als er Naturschtzer bei ihrem Kampf gegen das massenhafte Tten begleitete. Er erzhlt von einer Reise auf eine kleine, unbewohnte Vulkaninsel vor Chile, auf der er einen Teil der Asche seines Freundes und Rivalen David Foster Wallace verstreute. Fast immer sind es Ambivalenzen, Irritationen, Beunruhigungen, die ihn zum Schreiben brachten: ein Aufenthalt in China, wo er die Umweltzerstrung anprangern wollte und berrascht feststellen musste, dass das Tempo der chinesischen Wirtschaftsentwicklung ihm auch Bewunderung abverlangt; das anhaltende Befremden darber, wie radikal der Gebrauch von Mobiltelefonen menschliche Beziehungen verndert hat. Und natrlich geht es um Bcher, alte und neue, die ihm wichtig sind und es verdient haben, dass auch der deutsche Leser sie entdeckt. In "e;Weiter weg"e; erweist sich Jonathan Franzen erneut als ein Autor, der sich mit sich selbst, mit Literatur und mit den zentralen Themen unserer Gegenwart tiefgreifend auseinandersetzt. Ein bemerkenswertes, provokatives, sprachlich brillantes Buch, geschrieben mit Leidenschaft und durchdrungen von Verlust.

Farther Away

Farther Away

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2012

The new book of essays from Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom. Jonathan Franzen's 'Freedom' was the runaway most-discussed novel of 2010, an ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the 21st century. Now, a new collection of Franzen's non-fiction brings fresh demonstrations of his vivid, moral intelligence, confirming his status not only as a great American novelist but also as a master noticer, social critic, and self-investigator. In Farther Away, which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, the writer returns with renewed vigor to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. Whether recounting his violent encounter with bird poachers in Cyprus, examining his mixed feelings about the suicide of his friend and rival David Foster Wallace, or offering a moving and witty take on the ways that technology has changed how people express their love, these pieces deliver on Franzen's implicit promise to conceal nothing from the reader. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day. 'Farther Away' is remarkable, provocative, and necessary.

Farther Away

Farther Away

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 24/04/2012

Jonathan Franzen's Freedom was the runaway most-discussed novel of 2010, an ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the twenty-first century. In The New York Times Book Review, Sam Tanenhaus proclaimed it "e;a masterpiece of American fiction"e; and lauded its illumination, "e;through the steady radiance of its author's profound moral intelligence, [of] the world we thought we knew."e; In Farther Away, which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. Whether recounting his violent encounter with bird poachers in Cyprus, examining his mixed feelings about the suicide of his friend and rival David Foster Wallace, or offering a moving and witty take on the ways that technology has changed how people express their love, these pieces deliver on Franzen's implicit promise to conceal nothing. On a trip to China to see first-hand the environmental devastation there, he doesn't omit mention of his excitement and awe at the pace of China's economic development; the trip becomes a journey out of his own prejudice and moral condemnation. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day. Farther Away is remarkable, provocative, and necessary.

Freedom

Freedom

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2011

An international bestseller and the novel of the year, `Freedom' is an epic of contemporary love and marriage. This is the story of the Berglunds, their son Joey, their daughter Jessica and their friend Richard Katz. It is about how we use and abuse our freedom; about the beginning and ending of love; teenage lust; the unexpectedness of adult life; why we compete with our friends; how we betray those closest to us; and why things almost never work out as they `should'. It is a story about the human heart, and what it leads us to do to ourselves and each other.

Die 27ste Stadt

Die 27ste Stadt

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2011

"e;Atemlos ist das zu lesen. Ein Roman von epischer Wucht."e; (FAZ)St. Louis, die einst blhende Stadt im Mittelwesten Amerikas, bekommt einen neuen Polizeichef. Es ist S. Jammu, eine Frau aus Indien: zart, jung, sympathisch. Doch kaum hat sie ihr Amt angetreten, greift Gewalt um sich. Eine Bombe explodiert. Auch Martin Probst, Erbauer des stdtischen Wahrzeichens "e;The Arch"e;, und seine Frau Barbara - das Vorzeige-Ehepaar, von vielen um sein Glck beneidet - erleben Gefahr, se Verlockungen und Angst. "e;Man tut sich schwer, den Roman berhaupt einmal aus der Hand zu legen."e; (NZZ)"e;Hochspannung pur."e; (Welt am Sonntag)

Die Korrekturen

Die Korrekturen

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2011

"e;Ein Wunder. Und kein geringes."e; (Die Welt)Nach fast fnfzig Ehejahren hat Enid Lambert nur ein Ziel: ihre Familie zu einem letzten Weihnachtsfest um sich zu scharen. Alles knnte so schn sein, gemtlich, harmonisch. Doch Parkinson hat ihren Mann Alfred immer fester im Griff, und die drei erwachsenen Kinder durchleben eigene tragikomische Malaisen. Gary steckt in einer Ehekrise. Chip versucht sich als Autor. Und Denise ist zwar eine Meisterkchin, hat aber in der Liebe kein Glck. Jonathan Franzen ist ein groartiger Roman gelungen: Familien- und Gesellschaftsgeschichte in einem. "e;Eine Sensation."e; (Der Spiegel)"e;Jonathan Franzen ist das grte Sprachtalent, das die amerikanische Literatur seit John Updike hervorgebracht hat."e; (Literaturen)"e;Man mchte Jonathan Franzen genial nennen."e; (Sddeutsche Zeitung)"e;Man geht mit jenem eigentmlichen Gefhl aus der Lektre hervor, das nur groe Literatur wecken kann: Man fhlt sich beschenkt und bereichert."e; (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Die Unruhezone

Die Unruhezone

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2011

Franzen uber FranzenIn "e;Die Unruhezone"e; erzhlt Jonathan Franzen von den Peanuts als kindlicher Ersatzfamilie, seiner Angst vor Urinalen und Duschkabinen, von Vgeln, dem Leben und der Liebe. Zwischen komisch-trotziger Selbsterfahrung und Empathie oszillierend, zeichnet er das Portrt einer amerikanischen Mittelstandsfamilie und eines Menschen in seiner Zeit. "e;Ein wunderbares, zutiefst persnliches Erinnerungsbuch."e; (TIME)"e;Glnzend erzhlt und mitunter recht schamlos."e; (Der Spiegel)"e;Die Unruhezone ist ein ganz und gar ungewhnliches, persnliches Bekenntnisbuch, mit allem Mut zum Pathos, der ganzen Schamlosigkeit des Knstlers, immer politisch, immer engagiert und wahr"e;. (Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung)"e;Mit Die Unruhezone hat Jonathan Franzen ein Buch der Freiheit zur Unvollkommenheit geschrieben. Wer mit Franzen ber Franzen lacht, kann gar nicht anders: Immer lacht er auch ber sich selbst."e; (Die Welt)

Schweres Beben

Schweres Beben

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2011

Eine gefahrdete Liebe, eine Familie im Konflikt, ein Roman voller Geschichten - vom Autor des Welterfolgs "e;Die Korrekturen"e;Eine Serie von Erdbeben erschttert Boston. Als die Gromutter von Louis Holland dabei ums Leben kommt, entbrennt ein erbitterter Familienstreit um ihr Vermgen. Seine Freundin, die junge Seismologin Rene, bemht sich unterdessen, die Ursachen des rtselhaften Bebens zu ergrnden. Doch je nher sie ihrem Ziel kommt, desto heftiger gert das moralische Fundament der Familie Holland ins Wanken. "e;Ein groer Roman. Eine der schnsten Liebesgeschichten dieser Zeit."e; (Sddeutsche Zeitung)"e;Jonathan Franzen zeigt ungemein unterhaltsam und humorvoll, was die Strken des amerikanischen Romans ausmacht. Schweres Beben ist ein weiteres gewichtiges Kapitel der Menschlichen Komdie."e; (Literaturen)"e;Ein sprachgewaltiges Panorama."e; (Die Welt)"e;Moralisch und zynisch, heftig und sanft, komisch und traurig zugleich. Als htten Bob Dylan und The Clash zusammen einen Song geschrieben."e; (die tageszeitung)"e;Schweres Beben ist nicht nur ein spannender kokatastrophenthriller, sondern auch ein Liebes- und Familienroman."e; (Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung)

Anleitung zum Alleinsein

Anleitung zum Alleinsein

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2011

Auergewohnliche Essays vom Autor des Welterfolgs "e;Die Korrekturen"e; - virtuos, pointiert, personlich"e;Der Mann, der hier schreibt, ist allein und versucht, im Gewirr von Politik, Medien und Literatur seinen Standort zu bestimmen. Als groen Romancier kennen wir ihn bereits. Nun enthllt sich in diesen nachdenklichen und zweifelnden Essays ein Autor von anmaender Bescheidenheit: Er teilt uns Bedeutendes mit ber unsere Welt, eine Welt, die am Ende ist. Mit Jonathan Franzen sind wir glcklich dazuzugehren."e; (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)"e;Sind gute Bcher berhaupt noch von Belang? Dieses Buch ist es."e; (TIME)"e;Wen es nach Einblicken in das Innenleben eines Schriftstellers gelstet, der wird durchaus auf seine Kosten kommen. Auf- und anregender noch ist das disparate, lebendige und vielschichtige Bild der amerikanischen Gesellschaft, das sich aus Jonathan Franzens Beobachtungen zusammensetzt: Zustandsschilderungen, in denen gnadenloses Kritik, mitfhlende Wrme, Trauer und selbstironische Identifikation so nahe beieinanderliegen, dass kein papierenes Amerika-Klischee, ob gut oder bse, dazwischen mehr Platz findet."e; (Sddeutsche Zeitung)

Freiheit

Freiheit

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 17/12/2010

Patty und Walter Berglund - Vorzeigeeltern und Umweltpioniere, fast schon ideale Nachbarn in ihrer selbst renovierten viktorianischen Villa in St. Paul - geben plotzlich Ratsel auf: Ihr halbwuchsiger Sohn zieht zur proletenhaften republikanischen Familie nebenan, Walter lasst sich zum Schutz einer einzigen Vogelart auf einen zwielichtigen Pakt mit der Kohleindustrie ein, und Patty, Exsportlerin und Eins-a-Hausfrau, entpuppt sich als wahrlich sonderbar. Hat Walters bester Freund, ein Rockmusiker, damit zu tun? Auf einmal lebt Patty ihre kuhnsten Traume, fuhrt sie ein Leben ohne Selbstbetrug. In diesem Roman einer Familie, der zugleich ein groes Epos der letzten dreiig Jahre amerikanischer Geschichte ist, erzhlt Jonathan Franzen von Freiheit - dem Lebensnerv der westlichen Kulturen - und auch dem Gegenteil von ihr, zeigt die tragikomischen Verwerfungen zeitgenssischer Liebe und Ehe, Freundschaft und Sexualitt. "e;Freiheit"e; ist ein bedeutsames Buch ber unser Leben in einer immer unbersichtlicher und fragiler werdenden Welt.

Corrections

Corrections

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2010

The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing specatcularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain on an affair with a married man--or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.Stretching from the Midwest at midcentury to the Wall Street and Eastern Europe of today, The Corrections brings an old-fashioned world of civic virtue and sexual inhibitions into violent collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental health care, and globalized greed. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.

Freedom

Freedom

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 23/09/2010

The new novel from the author of The Corrections. Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbour who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz - outre rocker and Walter's old college friend and rival - still doing in the picture? Most of all, what has happened to poor Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become "e;a very different kind of neighbour,"e; an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street's attentive eyes? In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of too much liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters, as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

Freedom

Freedom

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2010

From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections, a darkly comedic novel about family.Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul-the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter-environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man-she was doing her small part to build a better world. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz-outre rocker and Walter's college best friend and rival-still doing in the picture? Most of all, what has happened to Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become "e;a very different kind of neighbor,"e; an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street's attentive eyes? In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

The Discomfort Zone A Personal History

The Discomfort Zone A Personal History

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2007

A brilliant personal history from the award-winning author of `The Corrections'. Jonathan Franzen, bestselling author of `Freedom' and the highly acclaimed `The Corrections', arrived late, and last, in a family of boys in Webster Groves, Missouri. `The Discomfort Zone' is his intimate memoir of his growth from a `small and fundamentally ridiculous person,' through an adolescence both excruciating and strangely happy, into an adult with embarrassing and unexpected passions. It's also a portrait of a middle-class family weathering the turbulence of the 1970s, and a vivid personal insight into the decades in which America took an angry turn away from its mid-century ideals. He tells of the effects of Kafka's fiction on Franzen's protracted quest to lose his virginity, the elaborate pranks that he and his friends orchestrated from the roof of his high school, his self-inflicted travails in selling his mother's house after her death, the web of connections between his all-consuming marriage, the problem of global warming, and the life lessons to be learned in watching birds. Sparkling, daring and arrestingly honest, `The Discomfort Zone' is warmed by the same combination of comic scrutiny and unqualified affection that characterize Franzen's fiction. It narrates the formation of a unique mind and heart in the crucible of an everyday American family.

How to be Alone

How to be Alone

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2004

Passionate, independent-minded nonfiction from the international bestselling author of `The Corrections'. Jonathan Franzen's `Freedom' was the literary sensation of 2010, whilst `The Corrections' was the best-loved and most written-about novel the previous decade. `How to be Alone', is a collection of the personal essays and painstaking, often humorous reportage that have earned Franzen a wide and loyal readership, including what has come to be known as 'The Harper's Essay', Franzen's controversial 1996 look at the fate of the novel. From the sex-advice industry to the way a supermax prison works, from his father's struggle with Alzheimer's disease to a rueful account of Franzen's brief tenure as an Oprah Winfrey author, each piece wrestles with Franzen's familiar themes: the erosion of civic life and private dignity, and the hidden persistence of loneliness, in postmodern imperial America. These collected essays record what Franzen calls 'a movement away from an angry and frightened isolation toward an acceptance - even a celebration - of being a reader and a writer.' They voice a wry distrust of the claims of technology and psychology, the love-hate relationship with consumerism, and the subversive belief in the tragic shape of the individual life that help make Franzen one of the sharpest, toughest-minded, and most entertaining social critics at work today.

The Twenty-Seventh City

The Twenty-Seventh City

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/04/2003

The critically acclaimed first novel from Jonathan Franzen, author of the prize winning and internationally bestselling, `The Corrections'. By the author of the bestseller `The Corrections' and the sensational `Freedom', `The Twenty-Seventh City' is a novel of intrigue, humour and fear. St. Louis, Missouri, is a quietly dying river city until it hires a new police chief: a charismatic young woman from Bombay, India, named S. Jammu. No sooner has Jammu been installed, though, than the city's leading citizens become embroiled in an all-pervasive political conspiracy. A classic of contemporary fiction, `The Twenty-Seventh City' shows us an ordinary metropolis turned inside out, and the American Dream unravelling into terror and dark comedy.

Strong Motion

Strong Motion

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/04/2003

The critically acclaimed second novel from the author of `The Corrections'. `Strong Motion' is the brilliant, bold second novel from the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of `The Corrections' and `Freedom'. Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of strange happenings - earthquakes strike the city, and the first one kills his grandmother. During a bitter feud over the inheritance Louis falls in love with Renee Seitchek, a passionate and brilliant seismologist, whose discoveries about the origin of the earthquakes complicate everything. Potent and vivid, `Strong Motion' is a complex story of change from the forceful imagination of Jonathan Franzen.

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

Author: Jonathan Franzen, Sloan Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2002

Universally acclaimed when first published in 1955, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit captured the mood of a generation. Its title , like Catch-22 and Fahrenheit 451 , has become a part of America's cultural vocabulary. Tom Rath doesn't want anything extraordinary out of life: just a decent home, enough money to support his family, and a career that won't crush his spirit. After returning from World War II, he takes a PR job at a television network. It is inane, dehumanizing work. But when a series of personal crises force him to reexamine his priorities , and take responsibility for his past , he is finally moved to carve out an identity for himself. This is Sloan Wilson's searing indictment of a society that had just begun to lose touch with its citizens. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit is a classic of American literature and the basis of the award-winning film starring Gregory Peck. A consequential novel. , Saturday Review

Corrections

Corrections

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2001

The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century -- a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain on an affair with a married man -- or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home. Stretching from the Midwest at midcentury to the Wall Street and Eastern Europe of today, The Corrections brings an old-fashioned world of civic virtue and sexual inhibitions into violent collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental health care, and globalized greed. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.

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