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The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

The year is 1977 and Reno - so called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world. This book tells her story.

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ISBN 9780099586982
Barcode 9780099586982
Published 3 February 2014 by Vintage
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Kushner, Rachel
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ISBN-13 9780099586982
ISBN-10 0099586983
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Publication Date 3 February 2014
International Publication Date 2 January 2014
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Kushner, Rachel
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 343g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 599333

Description of this Book

The year is 1977 and Reno - so called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world - artists have colonised a deserted and industrial SoHo, are squatting in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts. She begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged heir of an Italian tyre and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro's family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in 1977. Betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow. The Flamethrowers is a fearless novel, an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake the terrorist. In the centre of it all is Kushner's brilliantly realised protagonist, a young woman on the verge.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2014 (UK) -- Long-listed for The Folio Prize 2014 (UK) -- Long-listed for Women's Prize for Fiction 2014 (UK) -- Long-listed for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015 (UK)
NZ Review Kushner is rapidly emerging as a thrilling and prodigious novelist Jonathan Franzen Oscillating between the hedonistic New York art world and Italy in the midst of the Years of Lead, The Flamethrowers is that rare thing, a novel that uses recent history not as a picturesque backdrop but as a way of interrogating the present. Kushner's urgent prose and psychological acuity make this one of the most compelling and enjoyable novels I've read this year Hari Kunzru The controlled intensity and perception in Rachel Kushner's novels mark her as one of the most brilliant writers of the new century. She's going to be one we turn to for our serious pleasures and for the insight and wisdom we'll be needing in hard times to come. Rachel Kushner is a novelist of the very first order. The Flamethrowers follows Telex from Cuba as a masterful work Robert Stone The Flamethrowers lives up to its incendiary title - it is a brilliant, startling truly revolutionary book about the New York art world of the seventies, Italian class warfare, and youth's blind acceleration into the unknown. Kushner is a genius prose stylist, and her Reno is one of the most fully realized protagonists I've ever encountered, moving fluidly from the fringe of the fringe movement to the center of the action. I want to recommend this stunning book to everyone I know Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! An ambitious and serious American novel. The sentences are sharp and gorgeously made. The scope is wide. The political and the personal are locked in a deep and fascinating embrace Colm Toibin
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Rachel Kushner?s debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. Her follow-up novel, The Flamethrowers, was also a finalist for the National Book Award and received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper?s and the Paris Review. She lives in Los Angeles.

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