The Abyss of Human Illusion

A Novel
Author(s): Gilbert Sorrentino
Original Publish Date: Nov 13, 2012
Product Number: EB00646052
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781566892865
Publisher: Coffee House Press
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"This fine, final work by Brooklyn native Sorrentino . . . finds a rueful charm in the 'wretched cliches' of ordinary failure." -Publishers Weekly Titled after a line from Henry James, Gilbert Sorrentino's final novel consists of fifty narrative set pieces full of savage humor and cathartic passion-an elegiac paean to the bleak world he so brilliantly captured in his long and storied career. Mirroring the inexplicable coincidences, encounters, and hallmarks of modern life, this novel revisits familiar characters-the aging artists, miserable couples, crackerjack salesmen, and drunken soldiers of previous books, placing them in familiar landscapes lost in time between the Depression era and some fraudulent bohemia of the present. "A beautiful work that embraces disharmony and unresolved contradiction in the face of mortality." -Booklist "For a compelling, hilarious, and ultimately compassionate rendering of life in mid-20th-century America, forget the conscientious subjectors and take Gilbert Sorrentino at his golden Word." -Harry Mathews "One of [Brooklyn]'s most intriguing and authentic homegrown talents, Sorrentino's Bay Ridge deserves to be appreciated alongside Malamud's Crown Heights, Arthur Miller's Coney Island, Henry Miller's and Betty Smith's Williamsburg, Hamill's and Auster's Park Slope, and Lethem's Boerum Hill." -Bookforum

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