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John Wray - Author

About the Author

John Wray is also the author of Lowboy, Canaan's Tongue, and The Right Hand of Sleep. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, and a Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin, he was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists in 2007. A citizen of both the United States and Austria, he lives in New York City.

 

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Godsend

Godsend

Author: John Wray Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/01/2019

In California her name was Aden Grace Sawyer. In Pakistan she must choose a different name - Suleyman - and take on a new identity as a young man. She has travelled a long way to begin her new life, and she'll travel further to protect her secret. But once she is on the ground, Aden finds herself in more danger than she could have dreamed. Faced with violence and loss, she must make intense and unimaginable choices that will test not only her faith, but her understanding of who she is. Compelling, unnerving and timely, Godsend is a subtle masterpiece of empathy: a study of what it means for a person to give themselves to their faith, and how far they will go from home to find a place to belong.

Die rechte Hand des Schlafes

Die rechte Hand des Schlafes

Author: John Wray Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2017

1938 kehrt Oskar Voxlauer in die osterreichische Kleinstadt seiner Kindheit zuruck, gezeichnet von traumatischen Erfahrungen im Ersten Weltkrieg und zwanzig Jahren Zwangsarbeit. Er sucht die Einsamkeit, doch weil er aus seinem Abscheu vor den neuen Machthabern kein Hehl macht, gerat er zusehends in Konflikt mit ihnen. Noch heikler wird die Situation durch seine Liebesbeziehung zu Else, der Cousine des lokalen SS-Fuhrers. Die emotionalen Verstrickungen fuhren zu einer Katastophe.

The Lost Time Accidents

The Lost Time Accidents

Author: John Wray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2017

The Lost Time Accidents is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century. Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar 'Waldy' Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back. In his ambitious and fiercely inventive new novel, John Wray takes us from turn-of-the-century Viennese salons buzzing with rumours about Einstein's radical new theory to the death camps of the Second World War, from the golden age of post-war pulp science fiction to a startling discovery in a modern-day Manhattan apartment packed to the ceiling with artefacts of contemporary life.

Das Geheimnis der verlorenen Zeit

Das Geheimnis der verlorenen Zeit

Author: John Wray Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2016

"e;Das Geheimnis der verlorenen Zeit"e; ist einer der megalomanischsten Romane der jungeren amerikanischen Literaturgeschichte: ein gewitzter, raffinierter Mix aus Wissenschaft, Philosophie, Pop und Unterhaltung. Ein wilder Abenteuertrip, vom Wien der Jahrhundertwende bis ins Manhattan der Gegenwart, von der ersten Dimension in die vierte. Eingeschlossen in einer Blase angehaltener Zeit sitzt der junge Waldemar Tolliver in einem vermllten Apartment am Central Park in New York und versucht, Herr seiner Geschichte zu werden. (Aber vielleicht hat er auch nur zu viel Science-Fiction gelesen.) ber hundert Jahre Familiengeschichte muss er erforschen und verstehen, um wieder in die Welt zurckkehren zu knnen. (Glaubt er.)Ein grandioses Panorama breitet sich aus: Waldemars Urgrovater, Produzent eingelegter Gurken und Hobbyphysiker aus dem k.u.k. Znaim, war dem Geheimnis der Zeit auf der Spur. Nein, besser noch: dem Geheimnis menschlicher Reisen durch die Zeit! Leider gingen die Unterlagen bei einem dummen Unfall mit einem Automobil verloren. Drei Generationen von Tollivers - Genies, Kriminelle, Verlierer, Visionre - ruhen fortan nicht, das Geheimnis zu lften, obwohl bald ein deutscher Patentamtsangestellter namens Einstein mit ganz hnlichen Theorien Schlagzeilen machen wird Um es mit Jonathan Lethem zu sagen: "e;John Wray ist die nchste Welle der amerikanischen Literatur."e;

Mana dreapta a somnului

Mana dreapta a somnului

Author: John Wray Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2016

Tanarul austriac Oskar Voxlauer incearca sa scape de ororile razboiului. In Primul Razboi Mondial dezerteaza. Dupa nouasprezece ani petrecuti in Ucraina, se intoarce acasa, dar nimereste in plina ascensiune a nazistilor, iar razboiul il ajunge din urma. Nici in padure nu poate scapa, nici iubirea nu este un refugiu posibil.

Lowboy

Lowboy

Author: John Wray Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

Cel de-al treilea roman al prozatorului american John Wray, Lowboy, sta marturie pentru intoarcerea catre experimentalismul de factura modernista, accentuata in prima decada a secolului XXI. Personajul principal, Will Heller, poreclit Lowboy, este un adolescent schizofrenic, prins in labirintul urban al metroului new-yorkez, a carui harta romanul o deseneaza"e; cu precizie joyceana. Flux al unei constiinte confuze, intrerupt de capitole alerte inspirate de literatura de investigatie, Lowboy alterneaza planul subconstientului cu acela al realului intr-o expeditie"e; de o zi pentru salvarea imaginara a unei lumi condamnate la extinctie prin incalzirea globala. Anagramele, acrostihurile, palindromurile si codurile cifrate, ca si capitolele in care logica si punctuatia sufera, intr-o redare veridica a monologului interior dintr-o minte deranjata, constituie jocuri lingvistice menite sa vina in sprijinul constructiei alteritatii personajului in raport cu lumea. Lowboy este o alta odisee urbana a unui Ulise suspendat intre doua lumi.

Lost Time Accidents

Lost Time Accidents

Author: John Wray Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2016

In his ambitious and fiercely inventive The Lost Time Accidents, John Wray takes us from turn-of-the-century Viennese salons buzzing with rumors about Einstein's radical new theory to the death camps of World War Two, from the golden age of postwar pulp science fiction to a startling discovery in a Manhattan apartment packed to the ceiling with artifacts of modern life.Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar 'Waldy' Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back-a journey that forces him to reckon not only with the betrayal at the heart of his doomed romance but also the legacy of his great-grandfather's fatal pursuit of the hidden nature of time itself.Part madcap adventure, part harrowing family drama, part scientific mystery--and never less than wildly entertaining--The Lost Time Accidents is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century.

Lowboy

Lowboy

Author: John Wray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2010

Underground, in the tunnels beneath New York, a young man is missing. Above ground, Ali Lateef of the NYPD is assigned the case. The boy's mother is reluctant to help and Emily, his girlfriend and only confidante, appears to have vanished too. Can Lateef find Lowboy before it's too late? An extraordinary chronicle of a desperate young man and the race to find him, Lowboy is a modern masterpiece.

Lowboy

Lowboy

Author: John Wray Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2009

Early one morning in New York City, Will Heller, a sixteen-year-old paranoid schizophrenic, gets on a New York City uptown B train on a fantastic and terrifying quest to save the world. Violet Heller, his frantic mother, is joined by Ali Lateef, a missing persons specialist, in a desperate attempt to locate her son before psychosis claims him completely. As the stakes grow higher, Lateef gradually comes to realize that this is more than a case of a runaway teen: Will Heller has a chilling case history, and Violet, beautiful and enigmatic, harbors a secret that Lateef will discover at his own peril. Suspenseful and comic, devastating and hopeful by turns, Lowboy is a fearless exploration of youth, sex and violence in contemporary America, seen through one boy's haunting and extraordinary vision. DON'T MISS THIS TRAIN! John Wray and others read from Lowboy on a New York subway. Click HERE.

Leeds United and a Life in the Press Box

Leeds United and a Life in the Press Box

Author: John Wray Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2008

Ever wondered what it is like to travel on the team coach of a top football club, mixing with players, managers and directors? John Wray had that privilege for many years as he accompanied Leeds United through their triumphs and tribulations at home and abroad. His sometimes serious, sometimes comical memories of a lifetime in sports journalism offer a fascinating insight into the joys and perils of a job that for most fans remains a mystery. Journalists covering their local club tread a thin line between satisfying readers' insatiable appetite for stories and keeping on the right side of their contacts.Trust is everything. John joined in the players' card schools, travelled with the team to Wembley when Don Revie was in charge and had a big bust-up with Revie's brief successor Brian Clough. He is still covering the club to this day, though he spent similarly happy times reporting on the low-key Bramley Rugby League team. This book will appeal to football fans and fellow journalists alike as it traces a career encompassing everything from editing a football match between pub teams called Toby Jug and Squinting Cat to interviewing Eric Cantona, Howard Wilkinson, Vinnie Jones and a host of other big names.

Canaan's Tongue

Canaan's Tongue

Author: John Wray Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2006

From the acclaimed and prizewinning author of The Right Hand of Sleep ( Brilliant . . . A truly arresting work -The New York Times Book Review),an explosive allegorical novel set on the eve of the Civil War, about a gang of men hunted by both the Union and the Confederacy for dealing in stolen slaves. Geburah Plantation, 1863: in a crumbling estate on the banks of the Mississippi, eight survivors of the notorious Island 37 Gang wait for the war, or the Pinkerton Detective Agency, to claim them. Their leader, a bizarre charismatic known only as the Redeemer, has already been brought to justice, and each day brings the battling armies closer. The hatred these men feel for one another is surpassed only by their fear of their many pursuers. Into this hell comes a mysterious force, an avenging angel that compels them, one by one, to a reckoning of their many sins. Canaan's Tongue isrooted in the criminal world of John Murrell, as infamous in his day as Jesse James or Al Capone. It tells the story of his reluctant protege, Virgil Ball, who derives riches, sexual privilege, and power from the commerce in stolen slaves, known only as the Trade -and discovers, when he finally decides to free himself from the Redeemer's yoke, that the force he is challenging is far more formidable than he imagined. It is as old as the river, as vast as the country itself, and it is with us to this day.

The Right Hand Of Sleep

The Right Hand Of Sleep

Author: John Wray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2002

Oskar Voxlauer is in flight from his past - from his bourgeois Austrian upbringing; from horrific memories of fighting on the Italian Front in 1917; and from the twenty years he has spent in the Ukraine watching his Bolshevik ideals crumble and the physical decline of the woman who taught him about love. In 1938, he finally returns to the small Austrian town of his birth where his mother is waiting to greet a son she hasn't seen since he was a boy. But, despite Oskar's attempts to live a reclusive existence as a gamekeeper up in the hills, he cannot escape the tensions that are threatening the tranquil town of Niessen. When Hitler marches into Austria and the Blackshirts come to the valley.

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