A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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

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The literary sensation of the year, 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 in paperback for decades to come. The Vintage edition includes a new appendix by the author.
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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, geboren 1971, wuchs in der Nähe von Chicago auf und besuchte die Universität von Illinois. Er gründete 1998 einen Verlag, in dem er seine Bücher veröffentlicht, ein vierteljährliches Literaturmagazin und eine Monatszeitschrift. 2012 wurde Dave Eggers mit dem "Albatros", dem Preis der "Grass-Stiftung.
Eggers ist Gründer und Herausgeber von McSweeney's, einem unabhängigen Verlag mit Sitz in San Francisco. 2002 rief er ein gemeinnütziges Schreib- und Förderzentrum für Jugendliche ins Leben, "826 Valencia", das heute Ableger in mehreren amerikanischen Städten hat. Eggers stammt aus Chicago und lebt mit seiner Frau und seinen zwei Kindern in Nordkalifornien.
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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 351 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.