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Bret Easton Ellis - Author

About the Author

Bret Easton Ellis is the author of four previous novels and a collection of stories, which have been translated into twenty-seven languages. He divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City.

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Featured books by Bret Easton Ellis

American Psycho

American Psycho

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2015

With an introduction by Irvine Welsh A cult classic, adapted into an award-winning film starring Christian Bale Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do? Patrick Bateman has it all: good looks, youth, charm, a job on Wall Street, reservations at every new restaurant in town and a line of girls around the block. He is also a psychopath. A man addicted to his superficial, perfect life, he pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream becomes a nightmare ...American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time. A multimillion-copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic, it is a violent black comedy about the darkest side of human nature.

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Other books by Bret Easton Ellis

Less Than Zero

Less Than Zero

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/05/2019

A disturbing portrayal of privileged and immoral LA teenagers, Less Than Zero is a cult classic. In 1985, Bret Easton Ellis shocked, stunned and disturbed with his debut novel, Less Than Zero. Filled with relentless drinking in seamy bars and glamorous nightclubs, wild, drug-fuelled parties, and dispassionate sexual encounters, Less Than Zero narrated by Clay, an eighteen-year-old student returning home to Los Angeles for Christmas is a fierce coming-of-age story, justifiably celebrated for its unflinching depiction of hedonistic youth, its brutal portrayal of the inexorable consequences of such moral depravity, and its author's refusal to condone or chastise such behaviour.

White

White

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2019

THE CONTROVERSIAL SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER. Candid, fearless and provocative - the author of American Psycho on who he is and what he thinks is wrong with the world today. Bret Easton Ellis is most famous for his era-defining novel American Psycho and its terrifying anti-hero, Patrick Bateman. With that book, and many times since, Ellis proved himself to be one of the world's most fearless and clear-sighted observers of society - the glittering surface and the darkness beneath. In White, his first work of non-fiction, Ellis offers a wide-ranging exploration of what the hell is going on right now. He tells personal stories from his own life. He writes with razor-sharp precision about the music, movies, books and TV he loves and hates. He examines the ways our culture, politics and relationships have changed over the last four decades. He talks about social media, Hollywood celebrities and Donald Trump. Ellis considers conflicting positions without flinching and adheres to no status quo. His forthright views are powered by a fervent belief in artistic freedom and freedom of speech. Candid, funny, entertaining and blisteringly honest, he offers opinions that are impossible to ignore and certain to provoke. What he values above all is the truth. `The culture at large seemed to encourage discourse,' he writes, `but what it really wanted to do was shut down the individual.' Bret Easton Ellis will not be shut down.

White

White

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2019

Bret Easton Ellis is most famous for his era-defining novel American Psycho and its terrifying anti-hero, Patrick Bateman. With that book, and many times since, Ellis proved himself to be one of the world's most fearless and clear-sighted observers of society - the glittering surface and the darkness beneath. In White, his first work of non-fiction, Ellis offers a wide-ranging exploration of what the hell is going on right now. He tells personal stories from his own life. He writes with razor-sharp precision about the music, movies, books and TV he loves and hates. He examines the ways our culture, politics and relationships have changed over the last four decades. He talks about social media, Hollywood celebrities and Donald Trump. Ellis considers conflicting positions without flinching and adheres to no status quo. His forthright views are powered by a fervent belief in artistic freedom and freedom of speech. Candid, funny, entertaining and blisteringly honest, he offers opinions that are impossible to ignore and certain to provoke. What he values above all is the truth. `The culture at large seemed to encourage discourse,' he writes, `but what it really wanted to do was shut down the individual.' Bret Easton Ellis will not be shut down.

Less Than Zero

Less Than Zero

Author: Bret Easton Ellis, Ottessa Moshfegh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

With an introduction by novelist Ottessa Moshfegh Eighteen-year-old college student Clay is back in his hometown of Los Angeles for Christmas break. Clay is three things: rich, bored and looking to get high. As he reacquaints himself with a familiarly limitless world of privilege, along with his best friend and his ex, his shocking, stunning and disturbing adventure is filled with non-stop drinking in glamorous nightclubs, drug-fuelled parties, and endless sexual encounters. Published in 1985, when Bret Easton Ellis was just twenty-one, Less Than Zero is a fierce coming-of-age story which quickly defined a genre. A cult classic beloved for its dogged portrayal of hedonistic youth and the morally depraved, this extraordinary and instantly famous novel is a landmark in modern fiction: an inventive, precocious and invigorating story of getting what you want when you want it.

Unter Null

Unter Null

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2018

"e;Unter Null"e; - ist Kult und ein groartiges Portrat der Generation Y im Los Angeles der 1980er JahreGerade zwanzig Jahre alt, schreibt 1984 ein amerikanischer Student namens Bret Easton Ellis die Abschlussarbeit fr einen Creative-Writing-Kurs. Der Schriftsteller Joe McGinnis, sein Lehrer, ist so begeistert, dass er das Manuskript einem angesehenen New Yorker Verlag schickt, wo es unter dem Titel Less Than Zero tatschlich erscheint. Die Geschichte von Clay und seinen Freunden im Los Angeles der 1980er-Jahre, diese Kinder reicher, aber gelangweilter Eltern, die ihrem mondnen Leben zwischen Partys, Sex, Drogen und Gewalt kaum noch einen Kick, geschweige denn einen Sinn abgewinnen knnen, wird begeistert aufgenommen."e;Lindsey und ich gehen die Treppe rauf zur Toilette und ziehen uns auf dem Klo ein bisschen Koks rein. ber dem Waschbecken, auf dem Spiegel, steht in groen schwarzen Buchstaben: Das Reich des Stumpfsinns

Glamorama

Glamorama

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2018

Stars und Models, hippe Charaktere, grenzenlose Gewalt und anarchischer Sex, Designerdrogen und hammernde Musik- alles, was seine Fans (und Kritiker) erwartet haben, steckt in Bret Easton Ellis' spektakulrem Roman "e;Glamorama"e;. Ein Horrortrip durch das glamourse New York, durch die obszn glitzernde Welt von London und Paris.Victor Ward, Model und Nightlife-Profi, lebt in der modebesessenen und prominenzgeilen Welt Manhattans. Er erffnet einen eigenen Szene-Club. Er hat ein Supermodel als Freundin und betrgt sie. Wie alle im Schatten der Stars kmpft er um Geld, Macht und Ruhm. Und zunehmend gert er in den Sog der dsteren Seite dieser Hochglanz-Welt, die eng vernetzt ist mit Verbrechen und Gewalt. Ein mysteriser Auftrag fhrt ihn nach London und Paris, wo er Kontakt zu einer terroristischen Vereinigung aufnimmt, die - angefhrt von einem Model - Hotels in die Luft jagt und Flugzeuge sprengt. Ob in Manhattan oder in Europa, Victor wei dass er in der Falle sitzt, und Fluchtwege gibt es nicht.

Einfach unwiderstehlich

Einfach unwiderstehlich

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2018

"e;Das Portrat einer Generation unter Coolheitsdruck"e; tazBret Easton Ellis' zweiter Roman, 1987, zwei Jahre nach dem Debut "e;Unter Null"e; in den USA erschienen, schildert ein paar Wochen im Leben einiger Collegestudenten an der US-Ostkuste. Es ist, als wurde man bei der Lekture in einen rasant schnell geschnittenen Film hineingeraten, der aus den verschiedenen Blickwinkeln der Figuren von Partys, Drogen & Sex erzahlt. Lauren vermisst Victor, der gerade quer durch Europa reist, und trostet sich - da Tony gerade kein Interesse anmeldet - zwischendurch mit einem Erstsemestler, der Steve heit, glaubt sie zumindest. Sean, Protagonist von "e;Einfach unwiderstehlich"e; und Bruder von Patrick Bateman, will Lauren, nimmt aber, da die Sache so einfach nicht ist, erstmal mit Susan vorlieb. Und mit Deidre. "e;Einfach unwiderstehlich"e; ist ein Abgesang auf eine Generation von Collegestudenten Mitte der 80er Jahre: keine Vision, nirgends, es sei denn, man begreift den verzweifelten Sex in allen Lagen und Drhnungsstufen als visionres Revival von "e;Love and Peace"e;.

Ellis, Die Informanten

Ellis, Die Informanten

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2018

In zwolf miteinander verwobenen Geschichten zeichnet der Autor von "e;American Psycho"e; das Bild einer sanften Apokalypse im Los Angeles der 1980er-JahreBraun gebrannte Teenagerstudenten kreuzen mit ihren Porsches durch die Straen zwischen Bel Air und Malibu Beach, immer auf der Suche nach dem ultimativen Kick, der ihrem kreditkartengesicherten Leben etwas Authentizitt verleiht. Ob Drogendealer oder hhere Tochter, alle sind sie Konsumexperten: Man trifft sich zum Essen, zur Koksline, zum Sex, und man hat sich doch nichts zu sagen. Ihre Eltern stehen ihnen dabei in nichts nach, frustrierte Ehefrauen aus dem Filmbusiness halten sich Liebhaber im Alter ihrer Shne, ein Vater ntigt seinen Sohn zum Wochenendtrip nach Hawaii, der sich als Fahrt ins blanke Nichts entpuppt. Ein Rockstar auf Welttournee schndet im Drogenrausch Zimmermdchen und Groupies, um dann von seinem Manager zu verlangen, was der Wunsch all dieser saturierten Upper-Class-Figuren zu sein scheint: "e;Bring mir meine Trume in Ordnung."e;Auch im Nachfolgebuch zu seinem international erfolgreichen und umstrittenen Roman American Psycho besttigt Ellis einmal mehr seine herausragende Stellung als literarischer Chronist der Gegenwart.

Paradise is Now Palm Trees in Art

Paradise is Now Palm Trees in Art

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/04/2018

For more than two thousand years palm trees have been extraordinarily popular in both the East and the West. Regardless of continent, religion, or culture, palms tell stories of wealth, peace, and salvation. No other motif conveys this promise of good fortune and happiness as convincingly as the palm tree does. Omnipresent in advertising and social media, it conjures up notions of luxury, the jet set, and eternal sunshine in the secular world, representing a modern Garden of Eden. Nor are visual arts resistant to its visual allure and metaphorical power. Keeping this rich cultural heritage in mind, the companion catalogue to the exhibition Paradise is Now shows the many ways that palm trees are depicted in contemporary art. But what is behind the popularity of this emblem? Which layers of meaning and what kinds of contradictions are revealed in the wake of this artistic exploration?Besides texts by Bret Easton Ellis, Robert Grunenberg, Leif Randt, and Norman Rosenthal, the publication features works by John Baldessari, Marcel Broodthaers, Rodney Graham, Secundino Hernandez, David Hockney, Alicja Kwade, Sigmar Polke, Ed Ruscha, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.Exhibition: 26.4.-30.6.2018, Robert Grunenberg & Salon Dahlmann, Berlin

Glamorama

Glamorama

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: eBook Release Date: 29/06/2017

"e;Glamorama"e; zadumyvalas' EHllisom kak vtoroj ego "e;bol'shoj roman"e; posle "e;Amerikanskogo psihopata"e;, kak takoe zhe masshtabnoe oblichenie, tol'ko uzhe ne vos'midesyatyh godov, a devyanostyh. "e;EHkstremal'nyj moralist"e; i "e;sumrachnyj genij vzbesivshihsya mediavirusov"e;, kotoryj "e;otchekanil samuyu hodovuyu monetu literaturnoj ehpohi"e;, teper' postavil pered soboj sleduyushchuyu, po ego sobstvennym slovam, zadachu: "e;Hotya moya kniga i otlichaetsya ot togo, chto ya pisal ran'she, ona yavlyaetsya v to zhe vremya prodolzheniem predydushchih veshchej. Ona vedet hroniku sobytij, vazhnyh dlya moego pokoleniya, i podvodit itog moim myslyam o tom, chem my segodnya stali: ona libo vysmeivaet veshchi, kotorye my schitaem vazhnymi, libo pokazyvaet, kak nami ovladevaet naruzhnost', glamurnyj losk i status"e;. Itak, mir, uvidennyj glazami sovremennogo Kandida, modeli-neudachnika Viktora Varda, okazyvaetsya propitan nasiliem i opleten set'yu zagovorov. Pereprygivaya to iz N'yu-Jorka v London, to iz Londona v Parizh, mechas' mezhdu pokazom mod i otkrytiem novejshego kluba, mezhdu podrugoj oficial'noj i podrugoj sekretnoj, Viktor vse sil'nee zaputyvaetsya v pautine tainstvennyh sobytij - chem dalee, tem bolee apokalipticheskih...

LUNAR PARK

LUNAR PARK

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: eBook Release Date: 27/07/2015

Predstav'te sebe, chto pervyj vash roman, napisannyj v dvadcat' let, stal mezhdunarodnym bestsellerom i simvolom pokoleniya, a tretij, "e;Amerikanskij psihopat vyzval takoj skandal, chto vashe imya sdelalos' naricatel'nym. Predstav'te sebe, chto vy nakonec zhenilis' na gollivudskoj zvezde, desyat' let nazad rodivshej ot vas syna. I mozhno bylo by pochivat' na lavrah, tol'ko teper' vam kazhetsya, chto Patrik Behjtmen vosstal so stranic "e;Amerikanskogo psihopata i vershit svoe krovavoe delo v real'nom mire, a vash otec - kalifornijskij vorotila ot nedvizhimosti, posluzhivshij ego proobrazom, - pytaetsya dostuchat'sya do vas iz mogily. No samyj koshmar - chto vash syn pogloshchen lunnymi pejzazhami i nikak ne idet na sblizhenie. Kakimi by uzhasnymi ni pokazalis' vam sobytiya "e;Lunnogo parka znajte: vse ehto chistaya pravda, ot pervogo do poslednego slova.

American Psycho

American Psycho

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2015

Patrik Behjtmen - krasivyj, horosho obrazovannyj, intelligentnyj molodoj chelovek. Dnem on rabotaet na Uoll-strit, no ehto sluzhit lish' doveskom k ego istinnomu prizvaniyu. To, chem on zanimaetsya vecherami i po nocham, ne mozhet prisnit'sya raznezhennomu obyvatelyu i v samom strashnom sne. Emu dvadcat' shest' let, i on zhivet svoej sobstvennoj Amerikanskoj Mechtoj. Roman EHllisa, stremitel'no stavshij sovremennoj klassikoj, byl ehkranizirovan Mehri Hehrron ("e;YA strelyala v EHndi Uorhola "e;Nepristojnaya Betti Pejdzh "e;Dnevnik motyl'ka glavnye roli ispolnili Kristian Bejl, Uillem Defo, Riz Uizerspun, Dzhared Leto, Hloya Sevin'i

American Psycho

American Psycho

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2015

With an introduction by Irvine Welsh A cult classic, adapted into an award-winning film starring Christian Bale Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do? Patrick Bateman has it all: good looks, youth, charm, a job on Wall Street, reservations at every new restaurant in town and a line of girls around the block. He is also a psychopath. A man addicted to his superficial, perfect life, he pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream becomes a nightmare ...American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time. A multimillion-copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic, it is a violent black comedy about the darkest side of human nature.

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Water from the Sun and Discovering Japan

Water from the Sun and Discovering Japan

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: eBook Release Date: 02/12/2011

Previously published in the short story collection, The Informers, Water from the Sun and Discovering Japan is part of the Picador Shots range of short reads.Bret Easton Ellis's two short stories, Water from the Sun and Discovering Japan, chronicle the lives of a group of Los Angeles residents all of them suffering from nothing less that death of the soul. Ellis has immense gift for dialogue, off-the-wall humour, merciless description and exotic bleakness.In Water from the Sun, Cheryl Lane is going under. Her marriage to William has broken down, she has moved in with a young boy half her age who is more interested in other young boys that in her and she keeps not turning up at work, the one area of her life that seems to be in good working order. To keep afloat she drinks, she shops and she takes pills. Would meeting up with William, something she has been avoiding like everything else in her life, give her what she needs anyway?In Discovering Japan, Bryan, is on tour. His manager, Roger, has taken him to Tokyo to promote his record and do a few gigs. But to get Roger out of hotel room, off the drink, drugs and women is going to be a tall enough feet itself for Bryan. Written with spare and hypnotic prose, this is a story about a man hell-bent on destruction by a writer deeply concerned with the moral decline of our society.

American Psycho

American Psycho

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2011

Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho is a cult classic, adapted into a film starring Christian Bale. Patrick Bateman is twenty-six and works on Wall Street; he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. Taking us to a head-on collision with America's greatest dream - and its worst nightmare - American Psycho is a bleak, bitter, black comedy about a world we all recognize but do not wish to confront. American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time - a multimillion-copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic.

The Informers

The Informers

Author: Bret Easton Ellis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2011

`A writer at the peak of his powers . . . The book takes us from the first to the seventh circles of hell, from Salinger to de Sade' - Will Self The Informers is a collection of short stories with intertwining characters, from the author of American Psycho and Less Than Zero, Bret Easton Ellis. Their voices enfold us as seamlessly as those of DJs heard over a car radio. The characters go to the same schools. They eat at the same restaurants. They have sex with the same boys and girls. They buy from the same dealers. Fusing voices into an intense, impressionistic narrative that blurs genders, generations and even identities, these stories capture the lives of a group of people, connected in the way only people in L.A. can be - suffering from nothing less than the death of the soul.