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Richard Powers - Author

About the Author

Richard Powers has been a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, as well as a winner of the US National Book Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of eight novels, including The Time of our Singing, Plowing the Dark, and Gain. He lives in Los Angeles.

Featured books by Richard Powers

Orfeo

Orfeo

Author: Richard Powers Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Seventy-year old avant-garde composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police outside. His DIY microbiology lab - the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to extract music from rich patterns beyond the ear's ability to hear - has come to the attention of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid on his house, Els flees and turns fugitive, waiting for the evidence to clear him and for the alarm surrounding his activities to blow over. But alarm turns to national hysteria, as the government promises a panicked nation that the 'Bioterrorist Bach' will be found and brought to trial. As Els feels the noose around him tighten, he embarks on a cross-country trip to visit, one last time, the people in his past who have most shaped his failed musical journey. And through the help of these people - his ex-wife, his daughter, and his longtime artistic collaborator - Els comes up with a plan to turn this disastrous collision with national security into one last, resonant, calamitous artwork that might reach an audience beyond his wildest dreams.

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Other books by Richard Powers

The Gold Bug Variations

The Gold Bug Variations

Author: Richard Powers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2019

An enthralling story about desire, new love and the mysteries of science from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Overstory Stuart Ressler, a brilliant biologist, sets out in 1957 to crack the genetic code. His efforts are sidetracked by other, more intractable codes - social, moral, musical, spiritual - and he falls in love with a member of his research team. Years later, another young man and woman team up to investigate a different mystery - why did the eminently promising Ressler suddenly disappear from the world of science? Strand by strand, these two love stories twist about each other in a double helix of desire. 'A love story of charm and substance, brimming over with ideas, yet anchored in emotional truth' Sunday Telegraph

Galatea 2.2

Galatea 2.2

Author: Richard Powers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2019

Read this thrilling and timely novel of the human soul from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Overstory. After many years of living abroad, a young writer returns to the United States to take up a position at his former college. There he encounters Philip Lentz, an outspoken neurologist intent on using computers to model the human brain. Lentz involves the writer in an outlandish and irresistible project - to train a computing system by reading a canonical list of Great Books. Through repeated tutorials, the machine grows gradually more worldly, until it demands to know its own age, sex, race and reason for existing. 'An ingenious, ambitious, at times dizzily cerebral work... It soars and spins... The novel attains an aching, melancholy beauty' New York Times

The Overstory Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

The Overstory Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Author: Richard Powers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2019

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A wondrous, exhilarating novel about nine strangers brought together by an unfolding natural catastrophe 'Really, just one of the best novels, period' Ann Patchett 'The best book I've read in ten years' Emma Thompson 'Dazzlingly written' Robert Macfarlane 'Breathtaking' Barbara Kingsolver An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another. An Air Force crewmember in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. This is the story of these and five other strangers, each summoned in different ways by the natural world, who are brought together in a last stand to save it from catastrophe. 'It's not possible for Powers to write an uninteresting book' Margaret Atwood 'The best... Should be mandatory reading the world over' Emilia Clarke 'It's a masterpiece' Tim Winton 'Radical and exciting' Jessie Burton

The Overstory A Novel

The Overstory A Novel

Author: Richard Powers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2019

The Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of-and paean to-the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers's twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours-vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.

Die Wurzeln des Lebens

Die Wurzeln des Lebens

Author: Richard Powers Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2018

"e;Die Wurzeln des Lebens"e; ist ein groer epischer Roman, der unseren Platz in der Welt neu vermisst. In Richard Powers Erzahlwelt ist alles miteinander verknupft. Die Menschen sind miteinander verwurzelt wie ein Wald. Sie bilden eine Familie aus Freunden, die sich zum Schutz der Baume zusammenfinden: der Sohn von Siedlern, die unter dem letzten der ausgestorbenen Kastanienbaume Amerikas lebten; eine junge Frau, deren Vater aus China eine Maulbeere mitbrachte; ein Soldat, der im freien Fall von einem Feigenbaum aufgefangen wurde; und die unvergessliche Patricia Westerfjord, die als Botanikerin die Kommunikation der Baume entdeckte. Sie alle tun sich zusammen, um die altesten Mammutbaume zu retten - und geraten in eine Spirale von Politik und Gewalt, die nicht nur ihr Leben, sondern auch unsere Welt bedroht. "e;Ware Powers ein amerikanischer Autor des 19. Jahrhunderts, welcher ware er? Wahrscheinlich Herman Melville mit Moby Dick Seine Leinwand ist so gro."e; Margaret Atwood

The Overstory A Novel

The Overstory A Novel

Author: Richard Powers Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/03/2018

An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another. These four, and five other strangers-each summoned in different ways by trees-are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest. In his twelfth novel, National Book Award winner Richard Powers delivers a sweeping, impassioned novel of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of-and paean to-the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, exploring the essential conflict on this planet: the one taking place between humans and nonhumans. There is a world alongside ours-vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe. The Overstory is a book for all readers who despair of humanity's self-imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative, regenerating possibility of a homecoming. If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us? Listen. There's something you need to hear.

Plowing the Dark

Plowing the Dark

Author: Richard Powers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2017

From the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Overstory In a digital laboratory on the shores of Puget Sound, virtual reality researchers race to complete the Cavern, a bland white room that can become a jungle, a painting, or a vast Byzantine cathedral. In a war-torn city on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, an American is held hostage, chained to a radiator in an empty white room... Adie Klarpol, a disillusioned artist, is invigorated by the thrill of working with the Cavern's cutting-edge technology. As Cold War empires collapse and the Berlin Wall falls, she retreats into the cyber-realities she has been hired to create. In Beirut, English teacher Taimur Martin is held in solitary confinement by Islamic fundamentalists, where he must keep his mind whole by the force of his memory alone. What can possibly join two such remote places? Only the shared imagination, a room that these two people unwittingly build in common, where the strands of this wildly inventive novel coalesce into one.

Das groere Gluck

Das groere Gluck

Author: Richard Powers Format: eBook Release Date: 06/11/2015

Eine junge Frau in Chicago, die vor Gluck nur so strahlt. Sie lebt vollig ohne Zorn, alle Freunde und Bekannte kreisen nur um sie. Doch sie stammt aus Algerien, einem Hexenkessel aus Gewalt und Gegengewalt, dem sie nur knapp entging. Kennt sie das Geheimnis des Glucks, besitzt sie gar das "e;Glucks-Gen"e;? Laboratorien und Fernsehshows reien sich um sie, ein Karussell, das sich immer schneller dreht, bis sie alles zu verlieren droht.Meisterhaft ist Richard Powers ein groer Roman gelungen uber die Frage, was unser Leben bestimmt - die Sterne, die Eltern, oder liegt alles in den Genen? Mit einer zartlichen Liebesgeschichte sucht er die Antwort: Greift die Zukunft nach uns oder wir nach der Zukunft?

Das Echo der Erinnerung

Das Echo der Erinnerung

Author: Richard Powers Format: eBook Release Date: 30/09/2015

Nach seinem Bestseller Der Klang der Zeit erforscht Richard Powers, was Familien im Innersten zusammenhalt: das zerbrechliche Geflecht aus Gefuhl und Erinnerung. Die ergreifende Geschichte eines Geschwisterpaares und ein Panorama des heutigen Amerikas vereinen sich hier in seinem neuen groen Roman.Kearney ist die geographische Mitte der USA - und die Mitte von Nirgendwo. In einer Winternacht uberschlagt sich Mark mit dem Auto. Als er wieder ins Leben zuruckfindet, halt er seine Schwester Karin fur eine feindliche Doppelgangerin. Sie hingegen versucht alles, um ihm ein normales Leben zu ermoglichen.Auf einer bewegenden Reise in das Innerste einer Familie macht uns Richard Powers mit dem groten Geschichtenerzahler bekannt: unserer Erinnerung. Sie schafft das Echo unseres Lebens, das uns tragt, umfangt und bisweilen grausam tauscht.

Orfeo A Novel

Orfeo A Novel

Author: Richard Powers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2014

In Orfeo, composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police on his doorstep. His home microbiology lab-the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find music in surprising patterns-has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid, Els turns fugitive and hatches a plan to transform this disastrous collision with the security state into an unforgettable work of art that will reawaken its audience to the sounds all around it.

ORFEO

ORFEO

Author: Richard Powers Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

Nach Der Klang der Zeit ein groer Roman uber Musik, das Ratsel der Kreativitat und die fragile Geborgenheit der FamilieErzahlt wird die Geschichte von Peter Els, der an der Ostkuste der USA Professor fur Musik ist. In den wilden Siebzigern waren seine Stucke Avantgarde. Jetzt will er der DNA ihre musikalische Struktur ablauschen und mit Molekulen komponieren. Bis die Homeland Security in sein Labor stolpert und ihn verhort, denn nach dem 11. September ist jeder verdachtig. Auf einer Fahrt quer durch die USA fluchtet Els vor dem FBI, erinnert sein Leben und sucht seine Familie - ein spannendes Roadmovie voller Emotion und funkelndem Geist, unserer Gegenwart und ihren Themen immer einen Schritt voraus.

Der Klang der Zeit

Der Klang der Zeit

Author: Richard Powers Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2014

Der groe amerikanische Romanautor Richard Powers erzahlt in "e;Klang der Zeit"e; eine Geschichte voll Anmut und Schonheit uber eine Familie mit zwei Hautfarben und einer Leidenschaft: der Musik. Entstanden ist ein cinematogaphischer Roman uber Amerikas jungste Vergangenheit, uber die Luge, auf der seine Gegenwart baut, und eine einzigartige Liebeserklarung an die Musik.

Drei Bauern auf dem Weg zum Tanz

Drei Bauern auf dem Weg zum Tanz

Author: Richard Powers Format: eBook Release Date: 12/08/2011

Richard Powers arbeitete als Programmierer in den Docks von Boston. Wahrend der Nachtschicht las er Thomas Manns "e;Zauberberg"e;. Als er im Museum die beruhmte Fotografie des Kolner August Sanders von drei jungen Manner aus dem Jahr 1914 entdeckt, denkt er, dem Jahrhundert in die Augen zu schauen. Der Erzahler Richard Powers war geboren.Der Held in Powers Geschichte ist ebenso von Sanders Fotografie in Bann gezogen. Fieberhaft recherchiert er die Hintergrunde der Bildes, bis die drei Bauern aus dem Westerwald ihre Lebensgeschichten erzahlen: vom Verschwinden und vom Uberleben im Ersten Weltkrieg, und von der fast unmoglichen Wende zum Gluck, als sich der Weg des einen mit der Biographie von Henry Ford, dem groen Erfinder und Autobauer, kreuzt.

Das Buch Ich # 9

Das Buch Ich # 9

Author: Richard Powers Format: eBook Release Date: 12/08/2010

Wir schauen in unsere Gene wie in die Kristallkugel der Wahrheit. Alles glauben wir dort zu erkennen. Aber wir zahlen einen Preis. Die Angst vor einer angeborenen Neigung zu Depression oder Alzheimer wurde unser Leben vergiften. Keine Zukunft, die wir in den Genen lesen, kann dies wettmachen.Richard Powers arbeitete an seinem Roman uber das "e;Glucks-Gen"e;, als er die Chance erhielt, der neunte Mensch auf der Erde zu werden, dessen Genom vollstandig entschlusselt wird. Er zogerte lange, aber die Neugier siegte. Powers flog nach Boston, traf die Forscher und Macher der neuen Industrie, lernte den komplizierten Prozess der Entschlusselung kennen. Schlielich hielt er einen USB-Stick in Handen mit der Wahrheit. Naher kam noch nie ein Schriftsteller dieser Welt, und genauer konnte uns noch nie jemand davon erzahlen, wie wir in Zukunft mit unseren Genen leben.

Operation Wandering Soul

Operation Wandering Soul

Author: Richard Powers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2010

A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST In the paediatrics ward of a public hospital, a group ofsick children is gathering. The surrogate parents of thisband - a tired, overworked surgical resident and hisphysiotherapist - are charged with prolonging theirlives using storytelling and make-believe alone. 'Richard Powers is the most intellectually stimulating novelist at work in the English language today' Daily Telegraph

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