As She Climbed Across the Table

As She Climbed Across the Table by Jonathan Lethem

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Anna Karenina left her husband for a dashing officer. Lady Chatterley left hers for the gamekeeper. Now Alice Coombs has her boyfriend for nothing… nothing at all. Just how that should have come to pass and what Philip Engstrand, Alice’s spurned boyfriend, can do about it is the premise for this vertiginous speculative romance by the acclaimed author of Gun, with Occasional Music.

Alice Coombs is a particle physicist, and she and her colleagues have created a void, a hole in the universe, that they have taken to calling Lack. But Lack is a nullity with taste—tastes; it absorbs a pomegranate, light bulbs, an argyle sock; it disdains a bow tie, an ice ax, and a scrambled duck egg. To Alice, this selectivity translates as an irresistible personality. To Philip, it makes Lack an unbeatable rival, for how can he win Alice back from something that has no flaws—because it has no qualities? Ingenious, hilarious, and genuinely mind-expanding, As She Climbed Across the Table is the best boy-meets-girl-meets-void story ever written.

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Jonathan Lethem Country: USA Born: 1964-02-19 Jonathan Lethem is a supernova in the fantasy sky: he made his book debut in 1994. Moreover, the debut was stunning: the young author`s first novel, A Pistol with Music, won the Locus magazine award for the best work of the year and was even nominated for Nebula. For the American fandom, accustomed to respecting authority and connections, this is a unique phenomenon. Lethem was born in New York, studied painting at the Graduate School of Art, then became a college student in Vermont. But, having switched to literary creativity, he never received a diploma. The writer himself explains it this way: "I am at odds with abstract thinking, I think in the language of metaphors, images, situations." In the late 1980s, Lethem`s first stories appeared in American and English periodicals ...

Among science fiction writers, Lethem singles out, first of all, Philip Dick and James Ballard. And although he proudly notes that he later became disillusioned with the teachers, deciding to find his own path, his work clearly develops under the influence of Philip Dick, as evidenced by the second novel "Amnesia Moon". The novel, published in 1995, expected an unprecedented success. Within a year, it was translated into six languages; Readers bombarded Letham with letters, and critics rave about "Philip Dick`s heir." The Fortress of Solitude is largely an autobiographical novel. You can start at least with the fact that one of the heroes of the book, Dylan Ebdus, lived with his parents in Brooklyn in the Boerum Hill quarter in the 1970s, like Jonathan Lethem. Dylan`s father (Abraham Ebdus), like Jonathan`s father (Richard Brown Lethem), is an avant-garde artist, and both mothers are social activists (both died when their sons were still teenagers). Etc. etc. A large place in the book is given to the tense racial relations and childhood of the heroes, spent in Brooklyn in the 1970s. To date, the literary list of the writer, in addition to the named works, includes the novel "When she climbed on the table" (1997), the collection "Wall of Heaven, Wall of Eyes" (1996) and stories published in leading American magazines. For the novel "Orphaned Brooklyn" won the Golden Dagger Prize of the Crime Writers Association. Based on the same novel, a film was made with Edward Norton in the title role. Official website: www.jonathanlethem.com

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Jonathan Lethem Country: USA Born: 1964-02-19 Jonathan Lethem is a supernova in the fantasy sky: he made his book debut in 1994. Moreover, the debut was stunning: the young author`s first novel, A Pistol with Music, won the Locus magazine award for the best work of the year and was even nominated for Nebula. For the American fandom, accustomed to respecting authority and connections, this is a unique phenomenon. Lethem was born in New York, studied painting at the Graduate School of Art, then became a college student in Vermont. But, having switched to literary creativity, he never received a diploma. The writer himself explains it this way: "I am at odds with abstract thinking, I think in the language of metaphors, images, situations." In the late 1980s, Lethem`s first stories appeared in American and English periodicals ... Among science fiction writers, Lethem singles out, first of all, Philip Dick and James Ballard. And although he proudly notes that he later became disillusioned with the teachers, deciding to find his own path, his work clearly develops under the influence of Philip Dick, as evidenced by the second novel "Amnesia Moon". The novel, published in 1995, expected an unprecedented success. Within a year, it was translated into six languages; Readers bombarded Letham with letters, and critics rave about "Philip Dick`s heir." The Fortress of Solitude is largely an autobiographical novel. You can start at least with the fact that one of the heroes of the book, Dylan Ebdus, lived with his parents in Brooklyn in the Boerum Hill quarter in the 1970s, like Jonathan Lethem. Dylan`s father (Abraham Ebdus), like Jonathan`s father (Richard Brown Lethem), is an avant-garde artist, and both mothers are social activists (both died when their sons were still teenagers). Etc. etc. A large place in the book is given to the tense racial relations and childhood of the heroes, spent in Brooklyn in the 1970s. To date, the literary list of the writer, in addition to the named works, includes the novel "When she climbed on the table" (1997), the collection "Wall of Heaven, Wall of Eyes" (1996) and stories published in leading American magazines. For the novel "Orphaned Brooklyn" won the Golden Dagger Prize of the Crime Writers Association. Based on the same novel, a film was made with Edward Norton in the title role. Official website: www.jonathanlethem.com