The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

A Novel. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Wwith bonus content

Michael Chabon

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The epic, beloved novel of two boy geniuses dreaming up superheroes in New York’s Golden Age of comics, now with special bonus material by the author—soon to be a Showtime limited series


“It's absolutely gosh-wow, super-colossal—smart, funny, and a continual pleasure to read.”—The Washington Post Book World


Named one of the 10 Best Books of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly • Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize

A “towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book” (
Newsweek), hailed as Chabon’s “magnum opus” (
The New York Review of Books), 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939.


A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink.


Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of America’s finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age.


Winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the New York Society Library Book Award

"It's absolutely gosh-wow, super-colossal-smart, funny, and a continual pleasure to read."-The Washington Post Book World

"The depth of Chabon's thought, his sharp language, his inventiveness, and his ambition make this a novel of towering achievement."-The New York Times Book Review

"I'm not sure what the exact definition of a 'great American novel' is, but I'm pretty sure that Michael Chabon's sprawling, idiosyncratic, and wrenching new book is one."-New York

"The themes are masterfully explored, leaving the book's sense of humor intact and characters so tightly developed they could walk off the page."-Newsweek

"A page-turner in the most expansive sense of the word: its gripping plot pushes readers forward. . . . Chabon is a reader's writer, with sentences so cozy they'll wrap you up and kiss you goodnight."-Chicago Tribune


Verkaufsrang 41676
Einband Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum 01.06.2012
Verlag Picador
Seitenzahl 704
Maße (L/B/H) 21/14,4/4,3 cm
Gewicht 546 g
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-8129-8358-6


Possibly my favorite novel!

Ingbert Edenhofer, Thalia-Buchhandlung Essen

This was a formative novel for me. It was one of the few novels that proved to me that literature today can still aspire to be the next "Moby-Dick", the next "Buddenbrooks", a novel with the scope and the literary quality to be more than just entertainment. None of Michael Chabon's other novels quite compares with this one, but here he touches the realm of the Toni Morrisons and Salman Rushdies. Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay are Jewish cousins, who meet in 1939. Joe just managed to flee from Prague and moves in with Sammy's family in New York City. They start developing a superhero comic strip about "The Escapist" and make it quite big while their private lives are in constant turmoil because of romantic, familial and societal problems. A plot summary cannot do the novel justice, however. Chabon's ways of giving life to the characters and the settings is incredible. Never have I felt as connected to a characters as I have with Sam. Also when I fell asleep after a character apparently had died, I dreamed that it was all just a ruse - I am not sure that any other novel has ever haunted me in my sleep! This is not the most current novel, and it might be too young to be an established classic, but it is one of the best books ever, and especially with the ubiquity of the Marvel universe, this is definitely a novel that is worth reading!

The rollercoaster ride Kavalier & Claytakes you on

Cassandra Trillhose, Thalia-Buchhandlung Berlin

This book started so strong, but managed to loose my interest almost completely within its 640 pages. I almost DNF'd this. I liked getting to know Joe alongside Sammy, Rosa was a breath of fresh air (even though heavily stylized through Joe's lens) and Tom Mayflower was the coolest. What the hell was that pacing though? I constantly had to reorient myself as stories were pushed into stories, a lot was told in flashbacks and big time gaps were added, without in my opinion adding much to the story. The comic book storyline drew me to this book and was honestly to only part, which kept me going.


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