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  • Jonathan Franzen

    Passionate, strong-minded nonfiction from the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections was the best-loved and most-written-about novel of 2001. Nearly every in-depth review of it discussed what became known as 'The Harper's Essay,' Franzen's controversial 1996 investigation of the fate of the American novel. This essay is reprinted for the first time in How to be Alone, along with the personal essays and the dead-on reportage that earned Franzen a wide readership before the success of The Corrections. Although his subjects range from the sex-advice industry to the way a supermax prison works, each piece wrestles with familiar themes of...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    Jonathan Franzen’s gift for wedding depth and vividness of character with breadth of social vision has never been more dazzlingly evident than in Crossroads. It’s December 23, 1971, and heavy weather is forecast for Chicago. Russ Hildebrandt, the associate pastor of a liberal suburban church, is on the brink of breaking free of a marriage he finds joyless—unless his wife, Marion, who has her own secret life, beats him to it. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college on fire with moral absolutism, having taken an action that will shatter his father. Clem’s sister, Becky, long the social queen of her high-school class, has sharply veered into the counterculture, while...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    Jonathan Franzen's Freedom was the runaway most-discussed novel of 2010, an ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the twenty-first century. In The New York Times Book Review, Sam Tanenhaus proclaimed it 'a masterpiece of American fiction' and lauded its illumination, 'through the steady radiance of its author's profound moral intelligence, [of] the world we thought we knew.' In Farther Away, which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. Whether recounting his violent encounter with bird poachers in Cyprus, examining his mixed...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    From Jonathan Franzen, one of our preeminent writers and thinkers, comes a brilliant, searing essay collection that calls for us to take better care of our planet and one another in these troubled times. The End of the End of the Earth is a collection of Jonathan Franzen's essays and speeches from the past five years, in which he grapples with the most important and heated ethical subjects of the day: environmentalism, capitalism, wealth inequality, race, technology and the role of art. He challenges us to ask difficult questions: What is our civic responsibility in the face of climate change, the greatest ever threat to our planet and species? Does technology give us a sense of control...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    Con esta historia inmisericorde de una típica familia norteamericana, Jonathan Franzen obtuvo el National Book Award y el Premio James Tait Black Memorial, y fue finalista de los premios Pulitzer y Pen/Faulkner. De este meticuloso retrato de los Lambert emergen de forma brillante y profundamente humana las angustias y contradicciones de toda una sociedad, la norteamericana, y de una época, la última década del siglo XX. Alfred Lambert es un ingeniero de ferrocarril jubilado cuya percepción de la realidad empieza a resquebrajarse a causa de la enfermedad de Parkinson. Su esposa Enid, tras cincuenta años de matrimonio, sigue obsesionada con mantener el orden en su enorme...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    UNA HISTORIA EXCEPCIONAL SOBRE LA VIDA DE UNA FAMILIA AMERICANA DE LOS AÑOS SETENTA «Encrucijadas es una novela excelente, la mejor de Franzen.» EL País «Cada novela de Jonathan Franzen es un acontecimiento literario.» El Periódico «Una saga familiar con el aroma de la gran literatura.» EL Cultural En vísperas de las Navidades del año 1971, en Chicago se anuncia una gran nevada. Russ Hildebrandt, pastor en una iglesia progresista de un barrio residencial, está a punto de liberarse de un matrimonio que considera desdichado, salvo que su esposa, Marion, que también tiene sus secretos, se le anticipe. Clem, el primogénito, viene de la...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    A sharp and provocative new essay collection from the award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections The essayist, Jonathan Franzen writes, is like “a fire-fighter, whose job, while everyone else is fleeing the flames of shame, is to run straight into them.” For the past twenty-five years, even as his novels have earned him worldwide acclaim, Franzen has led a second life as a risk-taking essayist. Now, at a moment when technology has inflamed tribal hatreds and the planet is beset by unnatural calamities, he is back with a new collection of essays that recall us to more humane ways of being in the world. Franzen’s great loves are literature and birds, and The End of the...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The highly anticipated new novel from one of our greatest living writers. It's December 23, 1971, and the Hildebrandt family is at a crossroads. The patriarch, Russ, the associate pastor of a suburban Chicago church, is poised to break free of a marriage he finds joyless--unless his brilliant and unstable wife, Marion, breaks free of it first. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college afire with moral absolutism, having taken an action that will shatter his father. Clem's sister, Becky, long the social queen of her high-school class, has veered into the era's counterculture, while their younger brother Perry, fed up with selling pot to support his...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    El retrato minucioso de una familia del Medio Oeste americano a lo largo de varias décadas adquiere en la prosa maestra de Jonathan Franzen un carácter universal y se convierte en una incisiva radiografía de nuestro tiempo. Patty y Walter Berglund son miembros de una nueva y floreciente clase urbana, pioneros en la recuperación de un barrio degradado. Además de madre modélica y esposa perfecta, Patty es la vecina ideal, la que sabe dónde se reciclan las pilas y cómo escoger un colegio adecuado para los niños. Junto con su marido Walter, abogado ecologista y ferviente defensor de la bicicleta, aportan su grano de arena a la construcción de un mundo mejor. Sin...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    Set in a historical moment of moral crisis, Crossroads is the stunning foundation of a sweeping investigation of human mythologies, as the Hildebrandt family navigate the political and social crosscurrents of the past fifty years  ‘His best novel yet … A Middlemarch-like triumph’ Telegraph ‘Crossroads is the spiritual successor to The Corrections . .  . It is a testament to Franzen’s authorial habits of empathy, his curiosity about the lives of others, his efforts in a land of cliche to add twists to easy assumptions, that you are likely to find yourself caring about how things turn out for each of the Hildebrandts equally’...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections, a darkly comedic novel about family. Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul-the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter-environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man-she was doing her small part to build a better world. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    Jonathan Franzen’s best seller Freedom was the most-discussed novel of 2010, an ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the 21st century. The New York Times Book Review proclaimed it “a masterpiece of American fiction.” Now a new collection of Franzen’s non-fiction brings fresh evidence of that moral intelligence, confirming his status not only as a great American novelist but also as a keen observer, social critic and self-investigator. In Farther Away, which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, the writer returns with renewed vigour to the themes, both human and literary, that have long...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    The new book of essays from Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom. Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Freedom’ was the runaway most-discussed novel of 2010, an ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the 21st century. Now, a new collection of Franzen’s non-fiction brings fresh demonstrations of his vivid, moral intelligence, confirming his status not only as a great American novelist but also as a master noticer, social critic, and self-investigator. In Farther Away, which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, the writer returns with renewed vigor to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Notable Book “So funny, so sage and above all so incandescently intelligent” (The Chicago Tribune), the New York Times bestseller Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder, a daring and penetrating book from “the most intelligent novelist of [his] generation” (The New Republic), Jonathan Franzen Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother--her only family--is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    In 2006, Bret Easton Ellis declared the novel 'one of the three great books of my generation.' This dramatisation of Jonathan Franzen's acclaimed, epic, award-winning novel revolves around the troubles of an elderly Midwestern couple and their three adult children, tracing their lives from the mid-20th century to 'one last Christmas' together near the turn of the millennium. A family saga, that sits against the backdrop of this century's changing face of America. The novel was published 10 days before 9/11 but is widely considered an observation of what happened to the American psyche after 9/11. It traces American societies, changing attitudes and standing on the world stage...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    Daring, honest, and written with the comic scrutiny and unqualified affection that marks Franzen's fiction, The Discomfort Zone tells of the formation of one young mind in the crucible of an everyday American...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    The new novel from the author of The Corrections. Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbour who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    The climate change is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can't prevent it. 'If you care about the planet, and about the people and animals who live on it, there are two ways to think about this. You can keep on hoping that catastrophe is preventable, and feel ever more frustrated or enraged by the world's inaction. Or you can accept that disaster is coming, and begin to rethink what it means to have hope.' The honesty and realism of Jonathan Franzen's writings on climate have been widely denounced and just as widely celebrated. Here, in his definitive statement on the subject, Franzen confronts the world's failure to avert...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    Der Nr. 1 SPIEGEL-Bestseller jetzt als Hörbuch: Wir müssen der Wahrheit ins Gesicht sehen, sagt Jonathan Franzen, der sich seit vielen Jahren mit Themen des Umweltschutzes beschäftigt: Das Spiel ist aus, wir werden den Klimawandel nicht mehr kontrollieren, die Katastrophe nicht verhindern können. Das Pariser Abkommen, das ZweiGradZiel, 'Fridays for Future', die Bepreisung von CO2 - alles zu spät, nachdem 30 Jahre lang vergeblich versucht wurde, die globale Erwärmung zu reduzieren. Aber das ist kein Grund zum Aufhören und schon gar nicht das Ende von allem. Wir sollten uns vielmehr neu darauf besinnen, was uns wichtig ist. Deshalb, so Franzen, wird es jetzt Zeit, sich auf die Folgen...read more

  • Jonathan Franzen

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century -- a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly...read more