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    DescriptionWith this landmark book, David Shields fast-forwards the discussion of the central artistic issues of our time. "Who owns ideas? How clear is the distinction between fiction and nonfiction? Has the velocity of digital culture rendered traditional modes obsolete?" Exploring these and related questions, Shields orchestrates a chorus of voices, past and present, to reframe debates about the veracity of memoir and the relevance of the novel. He argues that our culture is obsessed with "reality," precisely because we experience hardly any, and urgently calls for new forms that embody and convey the fractured nature of contemporary experience.


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    Title
    Reality Hunger
    Subtitle
    A Manifesto
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Shields
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 221
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307387974
    ISBN 10: 0307387976
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25220
    BIC E4L: PHI
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC classification: PN
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Approval Code: A23506000
    Abridged Dewey: 809
    BISAC V2.8: PHI001000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 88
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HPN
    B&T Approval Code: A23100000
    DC22: 809.9112
    DC21: 809.9112
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: QDTN
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    08 February 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    David Shields is the author of nine previous books, including "The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead," a "New York Times "bestseller; "Black Planet," a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and "Remote," winner of the PEN/Revson Award. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. Visit his website at www.davidshields.com.
    Review quote
    "A literary battle cry for the creation of a new genre, one that doesn't draw distinctions between fiction and nonfiction, originality and plagiarism, memoir and fabrication, scripted and unscripted. . . . David Shields [is] brilliant, thoughtful, and yes, original." --Cathy Alter, " The Atlantic" ""Reality Hunger "urgently and succinctly addresses matters that have been in the air, have relentlessly gathered momentum, and have just been waiting for someone to link them together. . . . [It] heralds what will be the dominant modes in years and decades to come." --Luc Sante, "The New York Times Book Review" "David Shields draws on a wide range of reference, mixing historical reports, personal events, discussions of new media, and literary quotations (some verbatim, others rejigged), to construct a protean polemic that is also an account . . . of his own mental life. . . . Most importantly, Shields knows how to provoke argument without needing to crush all opposition. Rather, the tussle between reader and writer over the nature of reality, the nature of the text we are reading, is itself the aesthetic experience he is after." --Tim Parks, "The New York Review of Books" "Good manifestos propagate. Their seeds cling to journals and blogs and conversations, soon enough sprawling sub-manifestoes of acclamation or rebuttal. After the opening call to action, a variety of minds turn their attention to the same problem. It's the humanist ideal of a dialectic writ large: ideas compete and survive by fitness, not fiat. David Shields's "Reality Hunger" has just the immodest ambition and exhorter's zeal to bring about this happy scenario." --Sam Sacks, "The Wall Street Journal" "Shields's radical intellectual manifesto is a rousing call to arms for all artists to reject the laws governing appropriation, obliterate the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, and give rise to a new modern form." --Elissa Schappell, "Vanity Fair