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A : A Novel

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In the late 1960s, Andy Warhol, one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, set out to turn an ordinary book into a piece of pop art. He said that he wanted to create a 'bad' novel 'because doing something the wrong way always opens doors'. The result was this astonishing account of the famously influential group of artists, superstars, addicts and freaks who made up the world of Warhol's Factory. "A: A Novel" was created from audiotapes recorded in and around the Factory between August 1965 and May 1967 and transcribed verbatim, complete with typos and missing words. It begins with the fabulous Warhol superstar Ondine popping pills and follows its characters as they converse with inspired, speed-driven wit and cut swathes through the clubs, coffee shops, hospitals and whorehouses of 1960s Manhattan. This is a unique conceptual project - part novel, part artwork - and is the perfect literary manifestation of Andy Warhol's pop art sensibility.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 32mm | 299.37g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • none
  • 0753519305
  • 9780753519301
  • 394,084

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"A new kind of pop artifact" Library Journal "Hellish hymns 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 represent the bizarre new class, untermenschen prefigurations of the technological millenium" -- Robert Mazzocco New York Review of Books "A work of genius" Newsweekshow more

About Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was born in 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked as a commercial artist throughout the 1950s before emerging as a key proponent of the Pop Art movement in the 1960s. His his famous works include the paintings Campbell's Soup Cans and Marilyns, and the film Chelsea Girls. He also published the books The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (from A to B and Back Again) and POPism. Warhol died in 1987.show more

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"A new kind of pop artifact"show more

Back cover copy

In the late 1960s Andy Warhol, one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, set out to turn the novel into an unforgettable piece of pop art. The result was a: a novel, a chaotic and intriguing reimagining of the world of the Factory, Warhol's infamous Manhattan art studio. Starting with the amphetamine-popping Ondine, Warhol follows a cast of artists, musicians, superstars and freaks through the coffee shops and whorehouses of 1960s New York in a unique conceptual project that is part novel, part artwork. 'Hellish hymns 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' - New York Review of Books 'A work of genius' - Newsweekshow more

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206 ratings
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4 20% (42)
3 30% (62)
2 13% (27)
1 12% (24)
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