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Rachel Kushner - Author

About the Author

Rachel Kushner's debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. Her follow-up novel, The Flamethrowers, was also a finalist for the National Book Award and received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's and the Paris Review. She lives in Los Angeles.

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The Hard Crowd

The Hard Crowd

Author: Rachel Kushner Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/04/2021

From the Booker-shortlisted author of The Mars Room, a career-spanning collection of spectacular essays about politics and culture. Rachel Kushner is a writer celebrated for her 'chops, ambition, and killer instinct' (John Powers, Fresh Air). In The Hard Crowd, she gathers a selection of her writing from over the course of the last twenty years that addresses the most pressing political, artistic, and cultural issues of our times - and illuminates the themes and real-life terrain that underpin her fiction. In nineteen razor-sharp essays, The Hard Crowd spans literary journalism, memoir, cultural criticism, and writing about art and literature, including pieces on Jeff Koons, Denis Johnson, and Marguerite Duras. Kushner takes us on a journey through a Palestinian refugee camp, an illegal motorcycle race down the Baja Peninsula, 1970s wildcat strikes in Fiat factories, her love of classic cars, and her young life in the music scene of her hometown, San Francisco. The closing, eponymous essay is her manifesto on nostalgia, doom, and writing. These pieces, new and old, are electric, phosphorescently vivid, and wry, and they provide an opportunity to witness the evolution and range of one of the world's most dazzling and fearless writers.

The Hard Crowd

The Hard Crowd

Author: Rachel Kushner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/03/2021

From the Booker-shortlisted author of The Mars Room, a career-spanning collection of spectacular essays about politics and culture. Rachel Kushner is a writer celebrated for her 'chops, ambition, and killer instinct' (John Powers, Fresh Air). In The Hard Crowd, she gathers a selection of her writing from over the course of the last twenty years that addresses the most pressing political, artistic, and cultural issues of our times - and illuminates the themes and real-life terrain that underpin her fiction. In nineteen razor-sharp essays, The Hard Crowd spans literary journalism, memoir, cultural criticism, and writing about art and literature, including pieces on Jeff Koons, Denis Johnson, and Marguerite Duras. Kushner takes us on a journey through a Palestinian refugee camp, an illegal motorcycle race down the Baja Peninsula, 1970s wildcat strikes in Fiat factories, her love of classic cars, and her young life in the music scene of her hometown, San Francisco. The closing, eponymous essay is her manifesto on nostalgia, doom, and writing. These pieces, new and old, are electric, phosphorescently vivid, and wry, and they provide an opportunity to witness the evolution and range of one of the world's most dazzling and fearless writers.

The Mayor of Leipzig

The Mayor of Leipzig

Author: Rachel Kushner Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2021

The Mars Room

The Mars Room

Author: Rachel Kushner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the author of internationally acclaimed The Flamethrowers - a fearless and heartbreaking novel about love, friendship and incarceration. Romy Hall is starting two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility. Her crime? The killing of her stalker. Inside awaits a world where women must hustle and fight for the bare essentials. Outside: the San Francisco of her youth. The Mars Room strip club where she was once a dancer. Her seven-year-old son, Jackson. As Romy forms friendships over liquor brewed in socks and stories shared through sewage pipes her future seems to unfurl in one long, unwavering line - until news from beyond the prison bars forces Romy to try and outrun her destiny. 'Kushner is one of our most outstanding modern writers' STYLIST 'More knowing about prison life [than Orange Is The New Black]... so powerful' NEW YORK TIMES 'Breathtaking' VOGUE

Mars Room

Mars Room

Author: Rachel Kushner Format: eBook Release Date: 26/07/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Mars Room, written and read by Rachel Kushner.**LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018****THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition. The Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living. And her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of Romy's estranged mother.Inside is a new reality to adapt to: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive. The deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner details with humour and precision. Daily acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike. Allegiances formed over liquor brewed in socks, and stories shared through sewage pipes. Romy sees the future stretch out ahead of her in a long, unwavering line - until news from outside brings a ferocious urgency to her existence, challenging her to escape her own destiny and culminating in a climax of almost unbearable intensity. Through Romy - and through a cast of astonishing characters populating The Mars Room - Rachel Kushner presents not just a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, but an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex.'An unforgettable novel.' DAILY TELEGRAPH'More knowing about prison life [than Orange Is The New Black]... so powerful.' NEW YORK TIMES'One of America's finest writers.' VOGUE

Telex aus Kuba

Telex aus Kuba

Author: Rachel Kushner Format: eBook Release Date: 22/04/2017

In 'Telex aus Kuba', einem packenden Roman uber die kubanische Revolution, sind sie alle versammelt - die Castros, Che Guevara, der Diktator Batista und US-Prasident Eisenhower. Aber erzhlt wird die Geschichte hauptschlich von zwei Jugendlichen, Everly Lederer und K.C. Stites, die freinander bestimmt zu sein scheinen: sie die Tochter des Chefs einer amerikanischen Nickelmine und er der Sohn eines leitenden Angestellten der United Fruit Company. Aus den Brchen zwischen dem, was sie voller Faszination und Erschrecken wahrnehmen, tritt allmhlich die Geschichte eines ebenso wagemutigen wie bisweilen absurden Freiheitskrieges zutage. Verwickelt in ihn sind, mit oft dubiosen Interessen, auch ein franzsischer Agent mit SS-Vergangenheit, eine kubanische Tnzerin mit erotischem Hang zur Macht, zahlreiche karrierebewusste Saubermnner und ihre dekadenten Gattinnen, Dschungelkmpfer und schmutzige Geschftemacher. Rachel Kushner hat einen tropisch glitzernden historischen Moment des 20. Jahrhunderts mit groer Raffinesse so verdichtet, dass er die Ereignisse wie durch ein Brennglas zeigt. Man liest mit allen Sinnen, sieht, schmeckt, fhlt mit den Figuren und berlsst sich Kushners herausragender erzhlerischer Kraft.

The Strange Case of Rachel K

The Strange Case of Rachel K

Author: Rachel Kushner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2016

The Strange Case of Rachel K

The Strange Case of Rachel K

Author: Rachel Kushner Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/04/2015

Flammenwerfer

Flammenwerfer

Author: Rachel Kushner Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2015

Die literarische Sensation aus den USA!Dieses Buch ist ein erzhlerisches Naturereignis - ein Roman ber eine schnelle junge Frau auf einem Motorrad, ihre Liebschaften im New Yorker Kunst-Underground der spten Siebziger und ihre politischen Verwicklungen im Italien der Roten Brigaden. 1975: Die Hobby-Motorradrennfahrerin Reno (so ihr Spitzname, nach ihrem Geburtsort) kommt nach einem Rekordversuch auf den groen Salzseen nach Manhattan, um in die kreativ explodierende Knstlerszene SoHos einzutauchen. In einer Welt, in der die Grenzen zwischen Leben und Kunst verschwimmen, trifft sie auf eine Schar von Trumern, Revoluzzern und Phantasten. Unter ihnen auch Sandro Valera, erfolgreicher Konzeptknstler und exzentrischer Erbe einer italienischen Reifen- und Motorrad-Dynastie, in den sie sich verliebt. Aber bei einem Besuch bei seiner Familie in deren Sommerresidenz am Comer See gert sie in den Strudel einer echten Revolte, die sich in Streiks, Straenkmpfen, Entfhrung und Mord Bahn bricht Als dieser Roman 2013 in New York erschien, lste er ein unbeschreibliches Echo unter Rezensenten und Autoren aus. Von Jonathan Franzen ber Joshua Ferris zu Colum McCann - unterschiedlicher knnten die Romanciers nicht sein, einheitlicher nicht die Ansicht, dass "e;Flammenwerfer"e; im Sturm ber alle vorgefassten Meinungen, was heute einen guten Roman auszumachen habe, hinwegfegt und all seine Leser mitreit und begeistert.

Telex from Cuba

Telex from Cuba

Author: Rachel Kushner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2014

FROM THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF THE MARS ROOM A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN FICTION Fidel and Raul Castro are in the hills, descending only to burn sugarcane plantations and recruit rebels. Rachel K is in Havana's Cabaret Tokio, entangled with a French agitator trying to escape his shameful past. Everly and K.C. are growing up in the dying days of a crumbling US colony, about to discover the cruelty and violence that have created their childhood idyll.

The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

Author: Rachel Kushner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

FROM THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF THE MARS ROOM SHORTLISTED FOR THE FOLIO PRIZE 2014 LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION Reno mounts her motorcycle and sets a collision course for New York. In 1977 the city is alive with art, sensuality and danger. She falls in with a bohemian clique colonising downtown and the lines between reality and performance begin to bleed. A passionate affair with the scion of an Italian tyre empire carries Reno to Milan, where she is swept along by the radical left and drawn into a spiral of violence and betrayal. The Flamethrowers is an audacious novel that explores the perplexing allure of femininity, fakery and fear. In Reno we encounter a heroine like no other. Best Books of the Year: * Guardian * New York Times * The Times * Observer * Financial Times * New Yorker * Telegraph * Slate * Oprah * Vogue * Time * Scotsman * Evening Standard * Shortlisted for the National Book Awards 2013

Flamethrowers

Flamethrowers

Author: Rachel Kushner Format: eBook Release Date: 02/04/2013

The year is 1975 and Renoso-called because of the place of her birthhas come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art worldartists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts. Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, she begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged scion of an Italian tire and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandros family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in the seventies. Betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow.The Flamethrowers is an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake, the terrorist. At its center is Kushners brilliantly realized protagonist, a young woman on the verge. Thrilling and fearless, this is a major American novel from a writer of spectacular talent and imagination.

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