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My Father The Pornographer

My Father The Pornographer
Author: Chris Offutt
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501112473
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR In “one of the most sensitive, nuanced examinations of father and son relationships” (The Boston Globe), award-winning writer Chris Offutt struggles to understand his recently deceased father, based on his reading of the 400-plus novels his father—a well-known writer of pornography in the 1970s and 80s—left him in his will. Andrew Offutt was considered the “king of twentieth-century smut,” with a writing career that began as a strategy to pay for his son’s orthodontic needs and soon took on a life of its own, peaking during the 1970s when the commercial popularity of the erotic novel reached its height. With his dutiful wife serving as typist, Andrew wrote from their home in the Kentucky hills, locked away in an office no one dared intrude upon. In this fashion he wrote more than four hundred novels, including pirate porn, ghost porn, zombie porn, and secret agent porn. The more he wrote, the more intense his ambition became and the more difficult it was for his children to be part of his world. Over the long summer of 2013, his son, Chris, returned to his hometown to help his now widowed mother move out of his childhood home. As he began to examine his father’s manuscripts and memorabilia, journals, and letters, he realized he finally had an opportunity to gain insight into the difficult, mercurial, sometimes cruel man he’d loved and feared in equal measure. Only in his father’s absence could he truly make sense of the man and his legacy. In My Father, the Pornographer, Offutt takes us on the journey with him, reading his father’s prodigious literary output as both a critic and as a son seeking answers. He “enters the darkest and most mysterious of places—the cave of a monstrous enigma named Andrew J. Offutt—armed with nothing but his own restless curiosity. Spoiler alert: He makes it out alive, walking into the daylight to bring us a deeper, funnier, more tender and more heartbroken truth—and his masterpiece” (Michael Chabon).
My Father, the Pornographer
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Chris Offutt
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-04-11 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR In “one of the most sensitive, nuanced examinations of father and son relationships” (The Boston Globe), award-winning writer Chris Offutt struggles to understand his recently deceased father, based on his reading of the 400-plus novels his father—a well-known writer of pornography in the 1970s and 80s—left him in his will. Andrew Offutt was considered the “king of twentieth-century smut,” with a writing career that began as a strategy to pay for his son’s orthodontic needs and soon took on a life of its own, peaking during the 1970s when the commercial popularity of the erotic novel reached its height. With his dutiful wife serving as typist, Andrew wrote from their home in the Kentucky hills, locked away in an office no one dared intrude upon. In this fashion he wrote more than four hundred novels, including pirate porn, ghost porn, zombie porn, and secret agent porn. The more he wrote, the more intense his ambition became and the more difficult it was for his children to be part of his world. Over the long summer of 2013, his son, Chris, returned to his hometown to help his now widowed mother move out of
Zwischen den Laken
Language: de
Pages: 224
Authors: Ian McEwan
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-06-25 - Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
Das zweite Buch des damals 30-jährigen McEwan, das bei seinem Erscheinen 1978 sofort die Bestsellerliste der ›Sunday Times‹ stürmte! Sieben bestechende Erzählungen vom Meister der Kurzgeschichten – zum Wiederlesen und Neuentdecken: ›Pornographie / Betrachtungen eines Hausaffen / Zwei Fragmente: März 199-, Samstag und Sonntag / Der kleine Tod / Zwischen den Laken / Hin und Her / Psychopolis‹.
Die Traumdiebe
Language: de
Pages: 304
Authors: Cherie Dimaline
Categories: Young Adult Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-03-01 - Publisher: Heyne Verlag
Kanada nach der Klimakatastrophe: Die Welt ist hart und unmenschlich geworden. Die Menschen haben die Fähigkeit zu träumen verloren. Nur die wenigen überlebenden Ureinwohner können es noch – und werden deswegen gnadenlos gejagt. Der 16-jährige Frenchie hat so seine ganze Familie verloren. Aber er hat eine neue gefunden: Träumer wie er, die gemeinsam durch die Wildnis des Nordens ziehen, immer auf der Flucht vor den Traumdieben. Ein paar Kinder und Jugendliche, einige Erwachsene und die wunderbare, rebellische Rose. Kann die Macht ihrer Geschichten und das Wissen ihrer Ahnen sie schützen?
Was zu dir gehört
Language: de
Pages: 240
Authors: Garth Greenwell
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-01-29 - Publisher: Hanser Berlin
Ein amerikanischer Expat betritt die öffentlichen Toiletten des Kulturpalasts von Sofia, Bulgarien. Dort unten, wo niemand einfach so hingeht, trifft er Mitko, der Charisma ausstrahlt und Gefahr. Der Amerikaner bezahlt Mitko für Sex und trifft ihn danach immer wieder, gefangen in seinem Begehren und in einer Beziehung, in der Zärtlichkeit umzuschlagen droht in Gewalt. Und während er sich seiner komplizierten Vergangenheit stellen muss, kann er weder seinem Verlangen entkommen noch den Privilegien als Ausländer, die ihn von Mitko trennen. "Was zu dir gehört" ist ein tiefberührender Roman über die Macht von Scham und Sehnsucht. Und über eine Liebe entgegen jeder Wahrscheinlichkeit.
Meine dunkle Vanessa
Language: de
Pages: 448
Authors: Kate Elizabeth Russell
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-07-01 - Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
Brillant und verstörend! Ein brandaktueller Roman, der mitten ins Herz der #MeToo-Debatte trifft Vanessa ist gerade fünfzehn, als sie das erste Mal mit ihrem Englisch-Lehrer schläft. Jacob Strane ist der einzige Mensch, der sie wirklich versteht. Und Vanessa ist sich sicher: Es ist Liebe. Alles geschieht mit ihrem Einverständnis. Fast zwanzig Jahre später wird Strane von einer anderen ehemaligen Schülerin wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs angezeigt. Taylor kontaktiert Vanessa und bittet sie um Unterstützung. Das zwingt Vanessa zu einer erbarmungslosen Entscheidung: Stillschweigen bewahren oder ihrer Beziehung zu Strane auf den Grund gehen. Doch kann es ihr wirklich gelingen, ihre eigene Geschichte umzudeuten – war auch sie nur Stranes Opfer? »Meine dunkle Vanessa« ist ein brillanter Roman über all die Widersprüche, die unsere Beziehungen prägen, ein Roman, der alle Gewissheiten erschüttert und uns spüren lässt, wie schwierig es ist, klare Grenzen zu ziehen. Verstörend und unvergesslich!
Sontag
Language: de
Pages: 928
Authors: Benjamin Moser
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-09-14 - Publisher: Penguin Verlag
Ausgezeichnet mit dem Pulitzer-Preis als beste Biografie Susan Sontags glamouröse Erscheinung ist so legendär wie ihr schneidender Verstand. Das Themenspektrum, das sie in ihrem beeindruckenden literarischen Werk bearbeitete, reicht von postabstrakter Malerei über Pornografie und Existenzialismus bis hin zu Krebs und Kriegsfotografie. Für seine monumentale Biografie dieser Literaturikone des 20. Jahrhunderts konnte Benjamin Moser zahlreiche private Aufzeichnungen auswerten und erstmals Lebensgefährten wie Annie Leibovitz befragen. Sein tiefgründiges, intimes Porträt vermisst das Leben und den geistigen Kosmos dieser Intellektuellen, die wohl ebenso sehr bewundert wie gehasst wurde und für die ihre Freundin Jamaica Kincaid einmal die Worte fand: »Sie war großartig. Ich glaube, seit ich Susan kenne, möchte ich nicht mehr großartig sein.« Mit einem 32-seitigem Bildteil.
Country Dark
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Chris Offutt
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-04-10 - Publisher: Grove Press
“A smart, rich country noir” from the acclaimed author Kentucky Straight and The Good Brother (Stewart O’Nan, bestselling author of Henry, Himself). Chris Offutt is an outstanding literary talent, whose work has been called “lean and brilliant” (The New York Times Book Review) and compared by reviewers to Tobias Wolff, Ernest Hemingway, and Raymond Carver. He’s been awarded the Whiting Writers Award for Fiction/Nonfiction and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, among numerous other honors. His first work of fiction in nearly two decades, Country Dark is a taut, compelling novel set in rural Kentucky from the Korean War to 1970. Tucker, a young veteran, returns from war to work for a bootlegger. He falls in love and starts a family, and while the Tuckers don’t have much, they have the love of their home and each other. But when his family is threatened, Tucker is pushed into violence, which changes everything. The story of people living off the land and by their wits in a backwoods Kentucky world of shine-runners and laborers whose social codes are every bit as nuanced as the British aristocracy, Country Dark is a novel that blends the best of Larry Brown
Heimsuchungen
Language: de
Pages: 304
Authors: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-04-05 - Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
Zwölf Stories der jungen nigerianischen Bestsellerautorin Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Nigeria – Nordamerika: Zwei Welten, getrennt durch eine scheinbar unüberwindbare Kluft. Die nigerianische Heimat schwebt zwischen Tradition und Moderne, wird bedroht von Gewalt und Korruption. In Amerika hingegen hält das Leben nicht, was es verspricht. An den Rändern beider Kulturen werden die prekären Bande zwischen Kindern und Eltern, die verborgenen Vibrationen zwischen Männern und Frauen aufgespürt: Die Liebe wird in der Distanz auf die Probe gestellt und das Sich-Wiederfinden ist schwieriger als erwartet. In der Familie schleichen sich Spannungen ein, wenn der Strudel des Lebens ihre Mitglieder mitreißt. Diese sinnlichen und gleichsam klaren Einblicke in die Wirren des nigerianischen, in erster Linie aber des menschlichen Lebens überhaupt, machen diese Geschichten nicht nur zu Erzählungen einer außergewöhnlichen jungen afrikanischen Stimme, sondern zu ganz großer Literatur. »Chimamanda Adichie ist eine neue Autorin, die mit der Gabe der alten Geschichtenerzähler gesegnet ist.« Chinua Achebe
The Killing Hills
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Chris Offutt
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-07-27 - Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
A literary master across genres, award-winning author Chris Offutt's latest novel The Killing Hills, is a compelling, propulsive thriller in which a suspicious death exposes the loyalties and rivalries of a deep-rooted and fiercely private community in the Kentucky backwoods. Mick Hardin, a combat veteran now working as an Army CID agent, is home on a leave that is almost done. His wife is about to give birth, but they aren't getting along. His sister, newly risen to sheriff, has just landed her first murder case, and local politicians are pushing for city police or the FBI to take the case. Are they convinced she can't handle it, or is there something else at work? She calls on Mick who, with his homicide investigation experience and familiarity with the terrain, is well-suited to staying under the radar. As he delves into the investigation, he dodges his commanding officer's increasingly urgent calls while attempting to head off further murders. And he needs to talk to his wife. The Killing Hills is a novel of betrayal - sexual, personal, within and between the clans that populate the hollers - and the way it so often shades into violence. Chris Offutt has delivered
The Pornographer's Daughter
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: Kristin Battista-Frazee
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-09-30 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster
More than forty years after Deep Throat arrived on the cultural scene and inspired a sexual revolution, questions about the ethics of pornography and its impact on society are still being asked today and remain as controversial as ever. Kristin Battista-Frazee was only four years old in 1974 when her father, Anthony Battista, was indicted by the federal government for distributing the now famous porn film Deep Throat. As her father unexpectedly became an early pioneer in the emerging porn industry and transformed himself from Philadelphia stockbroker to porn broker, this indictment threatened his family’s stability. The stress drove Kristin’s mother, Frances Battista, to worry endlessly if her husband would be put in jail. She became so depressed that she attempted suicide. Kristin survived this family trauma to live a surprisingly normal life. But instead of leaving the past behind her, she developed a burning curiosity to understand her family’s history. Why did the federal government so vehemently prosecute this case? And why did her father get involved in distributing this notorious porn film in the first place? Did the influence of pornography in fact make Kristin a better person? Answering these questions and reconciling her dramatic family history with