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    DescriptionIn 1985, Bret Easton Ellis shocked, stunned and disturbed with his debut novel, Less Than Zero. Published when he was just twenty-one, this extraordinary and instantly infamous work has done more than simply define a genre, it has become a rare thing: a cult classic and a timeless embodiment of the zeitgeist. It continues to be a landmark in the lives of successive generations of readers across the globe. 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. 'An extraordinarily accomplished first novel' New Yorker 'The Catcher in the Rye for the MTV generation' USA Today 'One of the most disturbing novels I've read in a long time. It possesses an unnerving air of documentary reality' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times


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    Title
    Less Than Zero
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bret Easton Ellis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 82 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780330539326
    ISBN 10: 0330539329
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGM1010
    DC22: 813.54
    Ingram Theme: CULT/WSTCST
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Libri: AMER3710
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1980
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    PICADOR
    Publication date
    01 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Bret Easton Ellis is the author of five novels and a collection of stories, his work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He lives in Los Angeles.
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    Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980's, this coolly mesmerizing novel is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age, in a world shaped by casual nihilism, passivity, and too much money a place devoid of feeling or hope. Clay comes home for Christmas vacation from his Eastern college and re-enters a landscape of limitless privilege and absolute moral entropy, where everyone drives Porches, dines at Spago, and snorts mountains of cocaine. He tries to renew feelings for his girlfriend, Blair, and for his best friend from high school, Julian, who is careering into hustling and heroin. Clay's holiday turns into a dizzying spiral of desperation that takes him through the relentless parties in glitzy mansions, seedy bars, and underground rock clubs and also into the seamy world of L.A. after dark.