Flats And Quake

Flats And Quake

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"[Rudolph Wurlitzer] is a writer whose continuing existence is very meaningful to me."--Michael Silverblatt, KCRW's Bookworm

"One of the most unique and fascinating American writers."--Dennis Cooper

"A major American writer."--Library Journal

"If you can legitimately judge a writer by fellow scribes who honestly extol his work, and count on his inhabiting a plane of popularity and celebrity similar to the one where his endorsers dwell, then Rudolph Wurlitzer should be a name on the lips of sage critics and fans of zesty, transgressive postmodernist fiction everywhere. Wurlitzer might be the closest thing we have to an actual cult author, a highly talented fiction writer."--Paul DiFilippo

Flats is a post-apocalyptic exploration of the human self. Submerged amidst a cast of characters named after ruined American cities who compete over a shrinking fringe of space, Flats is a modern masterpiece of the counterculture.

Quake chronicles the unraveling of society after an earthquake strikes 1960s Los Angeles. By painting a bleak picture of what people are capable of doing to one another in extreme circumstances, Quake is nihilistic and haunting, as well as uncomfortably foreboding. And more relevant than ever.

Rudolph Wurlitzer is the author of five novels, including The Drop Edge of Yonder, Nog, Slow Fade, and the nonfiction book Hard Travel to Sacred Places. Wurlitzer wrote the screenplays for such films as Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Two-Lane Blacktop, and Walker, among others, and he co-directed the film Candy Mountain with Robert Frank.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 133 x 191 x 20.32mm | 277g
  • Columbus, United States
  • English
  • 0982015143
  • 9780982015148
  • 663,371

Review quote

"[Wurlitzer] is a writer whose continuing existence is very meaningful to me."--Michael Silverblatt, KCRW Bookworm "A major American writer."--Library Journal "Flats and Quake mine much the same territory, a post-cataclysmic landscape in which heroic storytelling has been blown to bits. Quake reads like a mash-up of On the Road and Waiting for Godot."--Los Angeles Times "[Quake] is Wurlitzer at his most Pynchonian. The frontier - alluded to in Flats, deconstructed in Wurlitzer's 1973 screenplay for Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, and played for laughs in last year's Drop Edge of Yonder--is again the subject [in Quake], posited this time as the place where humans turn back into whatever they turn back into when the marijuana and Social Security run out."--Village Voice "Quake is, and remains, one of the greatest novels ever composed about Los Angeles and death in the West."--PopMatters.com
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About Rudolph Wurlitzer

Rudolph Wurlitzer is an acclaimed screenwriter and the author of The Drop Edge of Yonder, Quake, Flats, Slow Fade, and the nonfiction book, Hard Travel to Sacred Places.
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Rating details

41 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 20% (8)
4 39% (16)
3 32% (13)
2 7% (3)
1 2% (1)
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