Agent Number 67, nicknamed Pygmy for his diminutive size, arrives in the United States from his totalitarian homeland (a mash-up of North Korea, Cuba, Communist-era China, and Nazi-era Germany), as an ‘exchange student’ into the welcoming arms of his Simpsons-spinoff Midwestern host family. Host cow father (he works in the biological weapons complex outside of town), chicken neck mother, pig dog brother, and the disconcertingly self-possessed cat sister introduce Pygmy into the rituals of postmodern American life, which he views with utter contempt. Along with his fellow operatives, all indoctrinated into the mindset of the totalitarian state, he is planning something big, something truly, truly awful, that will bring this big dumb country and its fat, dumb inhabitants to their knees. “Pygmy” is a comedy. It is also Chuck Palahniuk’s finest, most ambitious novel since “Fight Club”.
Chuck Palahniuk - Rant
Buster Casey was every small kid born into a small town, searching for real thrills in a world of video games and action/adventure movies. The high school rebel who wins, Rant Casey escapes from his hometown of Middleton for the big city, where he becomes a leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing. During specific windows of time, in limited areas of the city, Party Crashers look for the designated markings in order to stalk and crash into each other. It's in this violent, late-night hunting game that Casey meets three friends. And after his spectacular death, these friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his short life.
Chuck Palahniuk - Choke
Victor Mancini has devised a complicated scam to pay for his mother's hospital care: pretend to be choking on a piece of food in a restaurant and the person who 'saves you' will feel responsible for you for the rest of their lives. Multiply that a couple of hundred times and you generatea healthy flow of cheques, week in, week out. Victor also works at a theme park with a motley group of losers, cruises sex addiction groups for action, and visits his mother, whose Alzheimer's disease now hides what may be the startling truth about his parentage.
Chuck Palahniuk - Haunted
"Haunted" is a novel made up of stories: twenty-three of them to be precise. Twenty-two of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter - sometimes all at once. They are told by the people who have all answered the ad headlined 'Artists Retreat: Abandon your life for three months'. They are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of 'real life' that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them. But 'here' turns out to be a cavernous and ornate old theatre where they are utterly isolated from the outside world - and where heat and power and, most importantly, food are in increasingly short supply. And the more desperate the circumstances become, the more desperate the stories they tell - and the more devious their machinations become to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/non-fiction blockbuster that will certainly be made from their plight. "Haunted" is at one level a satire of reality television. It draws from a great literary tradition - "The Canterbury Tales", "The Decameron", the English storytellers in the Villa Diodati who produced, among other works, "Frankenstein" - to tell an utterly contemporary tale of people desperate that their story be told at any cost. Appallingly entertaining, "Haunted" is Chuck Palahniuk at his finest - which means his most extreme and his most provocative.
Chuck Palahniuk - Tell-All
"Tell-All" is many things: a Sunset Boulevard-inflected homage to Old Hollywood when grand dames like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ruled the roost. This is: a Douglas Sirk-inspired melodrama full of big gestures and muted psychic torment; a veritable Tourette's Syndrome of rat-tat-tat name-dropping, from the A-list to the Z-list; and, a merciless send-up of of Lillian Hellman's habit of butchering the truth that will have Mary McCarthy cheering from the beyond. Our narrator is Hazie Coogan, who for decades has tended to the outsized needs of Katherine 'Miss Kathie' Kenton, a star of the wattage of Elizabeth Taylor and the emotional torments of Judy Garland. The survivor of multiple marriages, career comebacks and cosmetic surgeries, Miss Kathie lives the way legends should. But danger lurks when gentleman caller Webster Carlton Westward III arrives and worms his way into Miss Kathie's heart and boudoir. Hazie discovers that this bounder has already written his celebrity tell-all memoir and that it foretells her death in a forthcoming Lillian Hellman-penned World War II musical extravaganza Unconditional Surrender, in which Miss Kathie portrays Lily defeating Japanese forces from Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki. As the body count mounts, Hazie must execute a plan to save Katherine Kenton for her fans - and for posterity. A dark reimagining of All About Eve and an hilarious assault on celebrity, "Tell-All" is vintage Palahniuk.
Haruki Murakami - Kafka on the Shore
Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down. Their parallel odysseys are enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerising dramas. Cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghostlike pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since WWII. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle. Murakami's new novel is at once a classic tale of quest, but it is also a bold exploration of mythic and contemporary taboos, of patricide, of mother-love, of sister-love. Above all it is an entertainment of a very high order.
Chuck Palahniuk - Stranger Than Fiction
Chuck Palahniuk' s world has always been, well, different from yours and mine. In his first collection of nonfiction, Chuck Palahniuk brings us into this world, and gives us a glimpse of what inspires his fiction. At the Rock Creek Lodge Testicle Festival in Missoula, Montana, average people perform public sex acts on an outdoor stage. In a mansion once occupied by The Rolling Stones, Marilyn Manson reads his own Tarot cards and talks sweetly to his beautiful actress girlfriend. Across the country, men build their own full-size castles and rocketships that will send them into space. Palahniuk himself experiments with steroids, works on an assembly line by day and as a hospice volunteer by night, and experiences the brutal murder of his father by a white supremacist. With this new direction, Chuck Palahniuk has proven he can do anything.
Chuck Palahniuk - Invisible Monsters
She's a catwalk model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden motor 'accident' leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she goes from being the beautiful centre of attention to being an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists. Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from being a real woman, who will teach her that reinventing yourself means erasing your past and making up something better, and that salvation hides in the last place you'll ever want to look. The narrator must exact revenge upon Evie, her best friend and fellow model; kidnap Manus, her two-timing ex-boyfriend; and hit the road with Brandy in search of a brand-new past, present and future.
Haruki Murakami - 1Q84 (angol)
The final part of Murakami's gripping, sensational mystery story At the close of Book Two of 1Q84, Aomame and Tengo found themselves in perilous situations, threatened and confused. As 1Q84 accelerates towards its conclusion, both are pursued by persons and forces they do not know and cannot understand. As they begin to decipher more about the strange world into which they have slipped, so they sense their destinies converging. What they cannot know is whether they will find one another before they are themselves found. Inspired by George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1Q84 is a magnificent and fully-imagined work of fiction - both a thriller and a moving love-story . It is a world from which the reader emerges stunned and altered. Book Three of 1Q84 is the final volume of Murakami's magnum opus. In Japan, Books One and Two were published on the same day with Book Three following a year later. All three books were received with huge excitement and became instant bestsellers. The UK publication reflects the pattern of the original publication with Books One and Two being released in one volume and Book Three following in a separate edition.
Chuck Palahniuk - Survivor
Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult, has commandeered a Boeing 747, emptied of passengers, in order to tell his story to the plane's black box before it crashes. Brought up by the repressive cult and, like all Creedish younger sons, hired out as a domestic servant, Tender finds himself suddenly famous when his fellow cult members all commit suicide. As media messiah he ascends to the very top of the freak-show heap before finally and apocaliptically spiralling out of control.
Chuck Palahniuk - Kárhozott
Chuck Palahniuk legfrissebb - angolul 2011-ben megjelent - regényét tartja kezében az olvasó. A Harcosok klubjának szerzője ezúttal sem kímél senkit és semmit: elbeszélője, Maddy Spencer, a tizenhárom éves, halott, kövér kislány a pokol tájain bolyong a Nulladik óra című film szereplőire feltűnően emlékeztető kis csapatával, s közben a Sátánhoz címzett meséjében osztja az élőket és a holtakat, boldog-boldogtalant. Lassan visszatérnek az emlékei arról, hogyan halhatott meg, s igyekszik kitalálni, milyen "élet" is vár rá a halál után. A Dante és Swift nyomdokaiban járó fergeteges palahniuki szatíra célpontja az immár szokásos kulturális visszásságok mellett ezúttal az elbizakodott hit – önmagunkban, melyet Maddynek is fel kell adnia, ha beleszólást szeretne saját sorsa alakulásába, és vissza szeretne térni evilági szeretteihez. Ehhez azonban nem kisebb ellenféllel kell szembenéznie, mint magával a Sátánnal...
Douglas Adams - The Salmon of Doubt
he Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time is a posthumous collection of previously unpublished material by Douglas Adams. It consists largely of essays about technology and life experiences, but its major selling point is the inclusion of the incomplete novel on which Adams was working at the time of his death, The Salmon of Doubt (from which the collection gets its title, a reference to the Celtic myth of the Salmon of Wisdom). English editions of the book were published in the USA and UK in May 2002, exactly one year after the author's death.
Chuck Palahniuk - Fugitives and Refugees
Tour the tunnels under downtown Portland. See Frances Gabe's famous 1940's Self-cleaning house. Look into strange local customs like the I-Tit-a-Rod Race and the Santa rampage. Learn how to talk like a local in a quick vocabulary lesson. This title walks the reader through the streets, sewers and local haunts of Portland, Oregon.
Chuck Palahniuk - Diary
Diary takes the form of a 'coma diary' kept by one Misty Wilmot as her husband lies senseless in hospital after a suicide attempt. Once she was an art student dreaming of creativity and freedom; now, after marrying Peter at at school and being brought back to once quaint, now tourist-overrun Waytansea Island, she's been reduced to the condition of a resort hotel maid. Peter, it turns out, has been hiding rooms in houses he's refurbished and srawling vile messages all over the walls. Angry homeowners are suing, and Misty's dreams of artistic greatness are in ashes. But then, as if posessed by the spirit of Maura Kinkaid, a fabled Waytansea artist of the nineteenth century, Misty begins painting again, compulsively. The canvases are taken away by her mother in law and her doctor, who seem to have a plan for Misty - and for all those annoying tourists...
Chuck Palahniuk - Non-Fiction
Comprises of the pieces that aim to prove just how different, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling. This work contains essays or vignettes that offer a facet of existence as lived in or observed by one of America's original literary talents.
Ismeretlen szerző - 1001 könyv, amit el kell olvasnod, mielőtt meghalsz
Egy remek és bátor kézikönyv a világ képzeletét megragadó regényekről és szerzőkről. Hasznos kalauz a könyvekhez, amelyek - akár kritikai sikerként, akár kultuszműként - hatást gyakoroltak ránk. Az írókból, kritikusokból, tudósokból álló nemzetközi szerzőgárda eklektikus válogatása új megközelítést ad a régi klasszikusokhoz, és eligazít a kortárs szépirodalom hatalmas dzsungelében. Több mint 600 színes illusztráció – könyvborítók, plakátok és fakszimile oldalak -, a regényekből vett idézetekkel kiegészítve: íme az ideális segédkönyv az olvasás szerelmeseinek.
Chuck Palahniuk - Fight Club
Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius. And it's only the beginning of his plans for revenge on a world where cancer support groups have the corner on human warmth.
Chuck Palahniuk - Snuff
From the master of literary mayhem and provocation, this is a full-frontal Triple-X novel that goes where no work of fiction has gone before. 'Six hundred dudes. One porn queen. A world record for the ages. A must-have movie for every discerning collector of things erotic'. 'Didn't one of us on purpose set out to make a snuff movie?' - Cassie Wright, porn priestess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera with six hundred men, "Snuff" unfolds from the perspectives of Mr 72, Mr 137 and Mr 600, who await their turn on camera in a very crowded green room. This wild, lethally funny and thoroughly researched novel brings the huge yet underacknowledged presence of pornography in contemporary life into the realm of literary fiction at last. Who else but Chuck Palahniuk would dare do such a thing? Who else could do it so well, so unflinchingly and with such an incendiary (you might say) climax?
Dr. Henry Cloud - Dr. John Townsend - Határaink
Ez a könyv - amely a határvonalak-sorozat második köteteként jelenik meg magyarul - az egészséges és ésszerű határok kialakításának bibliai alapjairól szól. Arról, hogy hogyan vállalhatunk felelősséget önmagunkért, hogy ne csak sodródjunk és reagáljunk a minket érő hatásokra, hanem aktívan és felelősen alakítsuk saját életünket. A szerzők valódi élethelyzetekből és esetekből kiindulva vizsgálják, hol húzódnak a határaink, mit védenek, hogyan jelölhetjük ki őket, mikor sérülnek meg, és hogyan lehet őket helyreállítani.
Charles Duhigg - A szokás hatalma
Nap mint nap meghozott döntéseink többségükben megfontolt választásnak tűnnek, pedig egyáltalán nem azok – csupán szokások. És bár az egyes szokások önmagukban viszonylag jelentéktelenek, idővel óriási hatást gyakorolnak az egészségünkre, a termelékenységünkre, a pénzügyi biztonságunkra és a boldogságunkra. Évszázadok óta próbálják megfejteni, miért alakulnak ki a szokásaink, de a neurológusok, pszichológusok, szociológusok és piackutatók csak az elmúlt két évtizedben kezdték megérteni a szokások működését – és ami ennél is fontosabb, azt, hogy miként változnak a szokásaink. A szokás hatalma című könyvében Charles Duhigg, a New York Times díjnyertes újságírója, izgalmas tudományos felfedezésekről mesél nekünk, amelyek magyarázatot adnak arra, miért léteznek a szokásaink, és megmutatja, hogyan változtathatunk rajtuk, hogy átalakítsuk üzleti vállalkozásainkat, közösségeinket – és az egész életünket.
Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless
Arthur Dent hasn't had a day as bad as this since the Earth was blown up. Depressed and alone, Arthur settles on the small planet Lamuella and becomes a sandwich maker. Looking forward to a quiet life, his plans are thrown awry by the unexpected arrival of his daughter.