New Title on the Horizon

WilliamTwellman
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August 24th, 2007, 2:54 pm #1

what new books are people looking forward too that are being released in the next few months? I saw that Barth has a new one but it looks pretty meh. Dennis Johnson Tree of Smoke looks like it might be worth it. There's Theroux's Laura Sexaholic or whatever. what else?
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August 24th, 2007, 3:02 pm #2

New translation of War & Peace. November, isn't it?
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August 24th, 2007, 11:07 pm #3

WilliamTwellman wrote: I saw that Barth has a new one but it looks pretty meh.
Really? I haven't heard anything about this. You don't have any links or anything do you? Do you remember where you read about it?
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August 24th, 2007, 11:09 pm #4

WilliamTwellman wrote: what new books are people looking forward too that are being released in the next few months? I saw that Barth has a new one but it looks pretty meh. Dennis Johnson Tree of Smoke looks like it might be worth it. There's Theroux's Laura Sexaholic or whatever. what else?
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August 25th, 2007, 4:05 pm #5

Pointsman wrote:New translation of War & Peace. November, isn't it?
Very much looking forward to this one! October 16th.



Link here.
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August 26th, 2007, 6:07 am #6

From a survey of upcoming titles in The Guardian.

The following ones interest me:

Philip Roth, Exit Ghost
Jonathan Cape £16.99, 6 October

The haunting title, a stage direction from Hamlet, seems to say it all. Philip Roth's first Nathan Zuckerman novel, The Ghost Writer, was published in 1979; now, almost three decades later and after a series that has encompassed such breathtaking works as American Pastoral and The Human Stain, Roth's alter ego makes what sounds very much like his final appearance. This time, Zuckerman returns to New York after 10 years' seclusion on an isolated mountainside and, almost immediately, finds himself sucked into the worldliness from which he has been in flight. Revolving around encounters with a beautiful but fading woman, once the muse of Roth's mentor, the now dead EI Lonoff, a young couple keen to escape post-9/11 Manhattan and a rapacious literary biographer, Exit Ghost conjures a man raging against the dying of the light, in a characteristically Rothian meditation on the nature of artistic endeavour, creative rivalry, inspiration and, naturally, the imminence of the end.

Zadie Smith (editor), The Book Of Other People
Hamish Hamilton £16.99, 1 November

Anthologies of new fiction brought together under the editorship of a practising novelist can often suffer from diverse voices being yoked to one another under the aegis of an ill-defined or constricting manifesto. Zadie Smith makes it clear that this is the last thing she wanted; although she asked her charges to write a story named for, and based on, one fictional character, her aim was not to impose any other rules. The likes of David Mitchell, Nick Hornby, AM Homes and Aleksandr Hemon duly complied. Also here is Smith's regular artistic sidekick Dave Eggers, whose creative-writing charity 826NYC is the book's beneficiary.

Jeanette Winterson, The Stone Gods
(Hamish Hamilton £16.99) 27 Sept

Polemical 'interplanetary' love story in which humans and robots plan to inhabit a fresh, new planet, having destroyed their own.

Also, Ondaatje's Divisadero, but that's already been published here, and I have a copy.
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August 26th, 2007, 5:00 pm #7

old steadfast american writer stars need to shut the fuck up about 9/11... just saying.
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August 26th, 2007, 10:04 pm #8

Michael Chabon has the book-form of his "New York Times Magazine" serial, "Gentlemen on the Road" coming out in October. It's the 30th, I think. I read the first few sections on microfilm. Adventure packed.

Which is the same day as "Against the Day" is released in paperback...according to Amazon.com.
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September 1st, 2007, 5:15 pm #9

The Enchantress of Florence

by Salman Rushdie

wrote:Synopsis
A tall, yellow-haired young European traveller calling himself 'Mogor dell'Amore', the Mughal of Love, arrives at the court of the real Grand Mughal, the Emperor Akbar, with a tale to tell that begins to obsess the whole imperial capital. The stranger claims to be the child of a lost Mughal princess, the youngest sister of Akbar's grandfather Babar: Qara Koz, 'Lady Black Eyes', a great beauty believed to possess powers of enchantment and sorcery, who is taken captive first by an Uzbek warlord, then by the Shah of Persia, and finally becomes the lover of a certain Argalia, a Florentine soldier of fortune, commander of the armies of the Ottoman Sultan. When Argalia returns home with his Mughal mistress the city is mesmerized by her presence, and much trouble ensues."The Enchantress of Florence" is the story of a woman attempting to command her own destiny in a man's world. It brings together two cities that barely know each other - the hedonistic Mughal capital, in which the brilliant emperor wrestles daily with questions of belief, desire and the treachery of sons, and the equally sensual Florentine world of powerful courtesans, humanist philosophy and inhuman torture, where Argalia's boyhood friend "il Machia" - Niccolo Machiavelli - is learning, the hard way, about the true brutality of power. These two worlds, so far apart, turn out to be uncannily alike, and the enchantments of women hold sway over them both. But is Mogor's story true? And if so, then what happened to the lost princess? And if he's a liar, must he die?
Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein.

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September 2nd, 2007, 12:59 am #10

*snores
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