A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Ausgezeichnet: ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Nominiert: Pulitzer Prize

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"This is a beautifully ragged, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable book." -San Francisco Chronicle

National Bestseller
Pulitzer Prize Finalist

A book that redefines both family and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is an instant classic that will be read for decades to come.
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"A virtuosic piece of writing, a big, daring, manic-depressive stew of a book that noisily announces the debut of a talented-yes, staggeringly talented new writer." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

" Exhilarating.... Profoundly moving, occasionally angry and often hilarious.... A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is finally, a finite book of jest, which is why it succeeds so brilliantly." -The New York Times Book Review

"Eggers evokes the terrible beauty of youth like a young Bob Dylan, frothing with furious anger.... He takes us close, shows us as much as he can bear.... His book is a comic and moving witness that transcends and transgresses formal boundaries." -The Washington Post

"[F]unny, wildly intelligent.... What's consistent throughout is the full-throttle voice: the sensibility of the man who grieves his parents, who safeguards his brother, who knows that his own presence here can walk the line between 'self-conscious' and 'self-devouring." -The Boston Globe

"Eggers crafts something universal here, something raw and real and wonderful that transcends any zeitgeist and manages to deal trenchantly with 'big issues' that often prove too daunting for younger writers: mortality, youth the artifice of writing, the Zen of Frisbee. This is a beautifully ragged, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable book." -San Francisco Chronicle

"This is a beautifully ragged, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable book."
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Dave Eggers grew up near Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine, The Believer. McSweeney's publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. In 2002, he co-founded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit youth writing and tutoring center in San Francisco's Mission District. Sister centers have since opened in seven other American cities under the umbrella of 826 National, and like-minded centers have opened in Dublin, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Birmingham, Alabama, among other locations. Eggers's work has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, France's Prix Médicis, Germany's Albatross Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the American Book Award. Eggers lives in Northern California with his family. His novels include The Circle, A Hologram for the King, and Heroes of the Frontier.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 496
Erscheinungsdatum 01.02.2001
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-375-72578-4
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 20,5/13,1/3 cm
Gewicht 432 g
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von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Bern am 11.09.2013

As I read this book in English (I'm from Holland), it's reading experience came very close to Catcher in the rye. The combination of humor with sincere teenage angst is very sincere. One of the greater books I read this year (I read around 14 a year, choosen "wisely").... As I read this book in English (I'm from Holland), it's reading experience came very close to Catcher in the rye. The combination of humor with sincere teenage angst is very sincere. One of the greater books I read this year (I read around 14 a year, choosen "wisely"). An easy read yet lingering for months. 4 stars because it's close to Salinger's novel.