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A : A Novel

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In the late 60s Andy Warhol, one of the most influential artists of the postwar era, set out to turn a trade book into a piece of pop art, and the result was this astonishing account of the famously influential group of artists, superstars, addicts and freaks who made up the Factory milieu. Created from audiotapes recorded in and around the Factory, a: a novel begins with the fabulous Ondine popping several amphetamines and then follows its characters as they converse with inspired, speed-driven wit and cut swaths through the clubs, coffee shops, hospitals and whorehouses of 1960s Manhattan.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 130 x 190 x 32mm | 340.2g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0753510812
  • 9780753510810

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"'A WORK OF GENIUS' NEWSWEEK"show more

About Andy Warhol

One of the most famous figures of the twentieth century, Andy Warhol first worked in New York as a commercial artist and illustrator for several magazines including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and the New Yorker. Appropriating images from popular culture, he created many paintings in the 1960s that remain icons of twentieth-century art, such as the Campbell's Soup Cans and Marilyns. In addition to painting, Warhol made several 16mm films such as Chelsea Girls, Empire and Blow Job. He also created two cable television shows, 'Andy Warhol's TV' and 'Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes'.show more

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In the late 60s Andy Warhol, one of the most influential artists of the postwar era, set out to turn a trade book into a piece of pop art, and the result was this astonishing account of the famously influential group of artists, superstars, addicts and freaks who made up the Factory milieu. Created from audiotapes recorded in and around the Factory, a: a novel begins with the fabulous Ondine popping several amphetamines and then follows its characters as they converse with inspired, speed-driven wit and cut swaths through the clubs, coffee shops, hospitals and whorehouses of 1960s Manhattan. On its original release a: a novel incited contradictory opinions, being referred to as 'pornography' in the New York Times Book Review and as ' a work of genious' in Newsweek. Since then, a glossary by Warhol biographer Victor Bockris has been added, giving more explanation to this conceptually unique work. Hilarious and frightening, a: a novel is the perfect literary manifestation of Andy Warhol's sensibility.show more

Review Text

"Hellish humns from Amphetamine Heaven, the vox populi of the Velvet Underground ... These people are witty and they are grand, they do terrible things and make awful remarks. Ondine is an East Village prima donna, a hoarder of gossip and finery and orgies and drugs. He is filthy, but he is funny ... The characters of a represent the bizarre new class, untermenschen prefigurations of the technological millenium."show more

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4 20% (42)
3 29% (61)
2 14% (28)
1 12% (25)
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