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    Taipei (Vintage Contemporaries Original) (Paperback) By (author) Tao Lin

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    DescriptionA" Slate" Best Book of the Year From one of this generation's most talked about and enigmatic writers comes a deeply personal, powerful, and moving novel about family, relationships, accelerating drug use, and the lingering possibility of death. "Taipei" by Tao Lin is an ode--or lament--to the way we live now. Following Paul from New York, where he comically navigates Manhattan's art and literary scenes, to Taipei, Taiwan, where he confronts his family's roots, we see one relationship fail, while another is born on the internet and blooms into an unexpected wedding in Las Vegas. Along the way--whether on all night drives up the East Coast, shoplifting excursions in the South, book readings on the West Coast, or ill advised grocery runs in Ohio--movies are made with laptop cameras, massive amounts of drugs are ingested, and two young lovers come to learn what it means to share themselves completely. The result is a suspenseful meditation on memory, love, and what it means to be alive, young, and on the fringe in America, or anywhere else for that matter.


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    Title
    Taipei
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tao Lin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307950178
    ISBN 10: 0307950174
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGM1010
    DC21: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Libri: AMER3710
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    DC22: 813/.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    BISAC V2.8: FIC025000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC048000, FIC019000
    LC classification: PS3612.I517 T35 2013
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Vintage Books
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    04 June 2013
    Author Information
    Tao Lin is the author of the novels "Richard Yates" and "Eeeee Eee Eeee," the novella "Shoplifting from American Apparel," the story collection "Bed," and the poetry collections "cognitive-behavioral therapy" and "you are a little bit happier than i am." He is the founder and editor of the literary press Muumuu House. His work has been translated to twelve languages and he lives in Manhattan.
    Review quote
    A "New York Times Book Review" Editor's Choice """[A] modernist masterpiece. . . . True, his characters are young people living in Brooklyn. And he writes about the Internet. But we should stop calling Tao Lin the voice of his generation." Taipei", his new novel, has less to do with his generation than with the literary tradition of Knut Hamsun, Ernest Hemingway, and Robert Musil."--Benjamin Lytal, " New York Observer" """Here we have a serious, first-rate novelist putting all his skills to work."--Clancy Martin, "New York Times Book Review" "Mr. Lin casts a spell in "Taipei". . . . [It is] his" "strongest book. At its best, it has distant echoes of early Hemingway, as filtered through Twitter and Klonopin: it's terse, neutral, composed of small and often intricate gestures. . . . it's about flickers of perception, flickers that the author catches as if they were fireflies."--Dwight Garner, "New York Times " "Amazing. . . . He's actually the best writer about what it's like to be f*cked up on drugs that I've ever read.""--"John Horgan, author of "The End of Science"" " "The most moving depiction of the way we live now. . . . unutterably moving.""--"Michael Silverblatt, "KCRW's Bookworm" "One thing I like about Tao's writing is how beside the point for me 'liking' it feels -- it's a frank depiction of the rhythm of a contemporary consciousness or lack of consciousness and so it has a power that bypasses those questions of taste entirely. Like it or not, it has the force of the real."--Ben Lerner, author of "Leaving the Atocha Station" " " "[A] novel about disaffection that's oddly affecting. . . . for all its emotional reality, "Taipei" is a book without an ounce of self-pity, melodrama, or posturing."--"Publishers Weekly", starred review