The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST - NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2013 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW New York magazine's number one book of the year and named a Best Book of 2013 by The Wall Street Journal; Vogue; O, The Oprah Magazine; Los Angeles Times; The San Francisco Chronicle; The New Yorker; Time; Flavorwire; Salon; Slate; The Daily Beast; Bookish; The Jewish Daily Forward; The Austin American-Statesman; Complex; and The Millions, Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. Includes a new essay by the author, with a folio of images. Reno, so-called because of the place of her birth, comes to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity--artists colonize a deserted and industrial SoHo, stage actions in the East Village, blur the line between life and art. Reno is submitted to a sentimental education of sorts--by dreamers, poseurs, and raconteurs in New York and by radicals in Italy, where she goes with her lover to meet his estranged and formidable family. Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, Reno is a fiercely memorable observer, superbly realized by Rachel Kushner. "Superb...Scintillatingly alive...A pure explosion of now."--The New Yorkershow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 383 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 26mm | 339.99g
  • Scribner Book Company
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1439142017
  • 9781439142011
  • 81,825

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"The Flamethrowers is about machines (motorcycles and guns, but also cameras) and the way they revolutionized the last century (its politics and violence, but also its art)...[Kushner's] style is a rare blend of romanticism and historicism--with a sense of precision."--Christian Lorentzen "Bookforum "show more

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" I loved Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers ." Jonathan Franzen The New York Times Book Reviewshow more

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14,556 ratings
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4 32% (4,698)
3 30% (4,308)
2 14% (1,978)
1 5% (794)
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