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John Barth - Az ​út vége
Egy ​középkori állatmese-gyűjteményből szalajtott bagoly, páva, kaméleon, szamár és papagáj egy személyben, és egyszerre óriás és törpe, teli és üres, bámulatra és sajnálatra méltó" - így jellemzi önmagát a regény főszereplője, Jacob Horner, korunk jól ismert irodalmi antihősének egy újabb, amerikai változata. Hornerra csakugyan jellemző mindez, és még sok más is, de legfőképpen az, hogy tehetelen: tehetetlensége néha fizikai mozgásképtelenséggé fajul. Ez nem akadályozza meg abban, hogy egy szerelmi háromszög egyik tagjává és egy tragédia előidézőjévé váljék, sőt talán épp az a törvényszerű, hogy a tehetetlenségből ilyen tragédiák fakadjanak. Groteszk, abszurd, kegyetlen történet Jacob Horneré, és ahogyan John Barth, az újabb amerikai írónemzedék egyik kiemelkedő képviselője előadja "fekete humorával", valami mellbevágó, szimbolikus értelmet is kap: az egész értelmiségről, egy egész korról, egy egész világról mond nagyon kellemetlen véleményt.

John Barth - The ​Floating Opera
The ​Floating Opera is a 1956 novel by the American writer John Barth. It chronicles one day in the life of Todd Andrews, a day on which he makes a very important decision. It was Barth's first novel.

John Barth - Giles ​Goat-Boy
In ​this outrageously farcical adventure, hero George Giles sets out to conquer the terrible Wescac computer system that threatens to destroy his community in this brilliant "fantasy of theology, sociology, and sex"

John Barth - Lost ​in the Funhouse
A ​lively, highly original collection of short pieces, _Lost in the Funhouse_ is a major landmark of experimental fiction. Though many of the stories gathered here were published separately, there are several themes common to them all, giving them new meaning in a new context. As the characters search, each in his own way, for their purpose and the meaning of their existence, _Lost in the Funhouse_ takes on a hilarious, often moving significance.

John Barth - Letters
A ​landmark of postmodern American fiction, Letters is (as the subtitle genially informs us) "an old time epistolary novel by seven fictitious drolls & dreamers each of which imagines himself factual". Seven characters (including the Author himself) exchange a novel's worth of letters during a 7-month period in 1969, a time of revolution that recalls the U.S.'s first revolution in the 18th century - the heyday of the epistolary novel. Recapitulating American history as well as the plots of his first six novels, Barth's seventh novel is a witty and profound exploration of the nature of revolution and renewal, rebellion and reenactment, at both the private and public levels. It is also an ingenious meditation on the genre of the novel itself, recycling an older form to explore new directions, new possibilities for the novel.

John Barth - Further ​Fridays
Every ​Friday for many years, John Barth has exchanged his weekday fiction muse for a nonfiction one. He first collected the fruits of these labors in the critically acclaimed Friday Book and now, in Further Fridays, treats readers to a brilliant encore. This collection features a variety of reflections and ruminations that range as far as Barth's curiosity takes him. Each is a journey, but never quite the one expected one.

John Barth - Once ​upon a Time
From ​master storyteller and National Book Award winner John Barth comes a bravura performance: a memoir wrapped in a novel and launched on a sea voyage. A cutter-rigged sloop sets sail for an end-of-season cruise down into the "Chesapeake Triangle." Our captain: a middle-aged writer of some repute. The sole crewmate: his lover, friend, editor, and wife. The journey turns out to be not the modest three-day cruise it at first seems. As we sail through sun and storm, our skipper spins (and is spun by) the Story of His Life - an operatic saga that's part Verdi, part Puccini, and more than a dollop of bouffe, a compound narrative voyaging through the imagination. Crisscrossing the past, mixing memory with desire, our narrator navigates among the waypoints of his life, beguiling us with tales of adventure and despair, love and marriage, selves and counterselves, aging and sailing, teaching and writing - steering always by the polestar of Vocation, the storyteller's call.

John Barth - The ​End of the Road
By ​the author of THE SOT-WEED FACTOR and THE FLOARING OPERA. THE END OF THE ROAD is the story of Jacob Horner. On his 28th birthday, he decides that he has no convincing reason for doing anything. And that's what he does, nothing- until a strange black man who calls himself a doctor tells him about his case and prescribes teaching at Wicomico State Teacher's College as a cure. There he meets Joe Morgan, a young historian, and Rennie, his wife. Joe and Rennie have taught themselves to say goodbye to objective values. Jacob had none in the first place. This is the story of Jacob, Joe and Rennie. They are in love.

John Barth - The ​Friday Book
Barth's ​first work of nonfiction is what he calls "an arrangement of essays and occasional lectures, some previously published, most not, most on matters literary, some not, accumulated over thirty years or so of writing, teaching, and teaching writing." With the full measure of playfulness and erudition that he brings to his novels, Barth glances into his crystal ball to speculate on the future of literature and the literature of the future. He also looks back upon historical fiction and fictitious history and discusses prose, poetry, and all manner of letters: "Real letters, forged letters, doctored letters... and of course alphabetical letters, the atoms of which the universe of print is made."

John Barth - The ​Book of Ten Nights and a Night
_The ​Book of Ten Nights_ and a Night offers both a keen introduction to the genius of John Barth and a deeply human argument for the enduring value of literature. Gathering stories written throughout this postmodern master's long career, the collection spans his entire range of styles, from straightforward narrative to experimental metafiction. In the time immediately following September 11, 2001, the veteran writer Graybard spends eleven nights with a nubile muse named WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). The two lovers debate the meaning and relevance of writing and storytelling in the wake of disaster, telling a new tale each night in the tradition of Scheherazade. _The Book of Ten Nights and a Night_ exhibits the thrilling blend of playfulness and illuminating insight that have marked Barth as one of America's most distinguished writers.

John Barth - Az ​Úszó Opera
Mi ​köti össze Platónt, Cicerót, két kopuláló rákot és Hamletet? Nos, Todd Andrews egy fontos döntésének megváltoztatása és annak háttere. Az Úszó Opera ügyvéd hőse 1937. június 20-án vagy 21-én úgy dönt, hogy mégsem lesz öngyilkos. S elhatározását egy pontos, pengeéles rendszerbe ágyazza, ahol Hamlet is csak kispályás lehet, hiszen a "balsors minden nyűgétől s nyilaitól" meglépni, az ismeretlen gonoszt ismerősre cserélni csak gyávaság lehet. Ez a nihilista komédia - a John Barth által nihilista tragédiának nevezett Az út vége ikerregénye - ennek a bizonyos napnak a történetét meséli el, s ezen keresztül értelmezi újra a főhős életének legfőbb eseményeit: beteljesületlen gyermekkori vágyait, őrült egyetemi éveit, különféle bírósági pereit, különös kapcsolatát Mr. és Mrs. Mackkel, a baráttal és a szeretővel, nem feledve látogatását Adam Rendkívüli és Egyedülálló Úszó Operáján.

John Barth - The ​Sot-Weed Factor
This ​is Barth's most distinguished masterpiece. This modern classic is a hilarious tribute to all the most insidious human vices, with a hero who is "one of the most diverting...to roam the world since Candide" (Time).

John Barth - Final ​Fridays
For ​decades, acclaimed author John Barth has strayed from his Monday-through-Thursday-morning routine of fiction-writing and dedicated Friday mornings to the muse of nonfiction. The result is _Final Fridays_, his third essay collection, following _The Friday Book _(1984) and _Further Fridays_ (1995). Sixteen years and six novels since his last volume of non-fiction, Barth delivers yet another remarkable work comprised of 27 insightful essays. With pieces covering everything from reading, writing, and the state of the art, to tributes to writer-friends and family members, this collection is witty and engaging throughout. Barth’s “unaffected love of learning” ( _San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle_ ) and “joy in thinking that becomes contagious” ( _Washington Post_ ), shine through in this third, and, with an implied question mark, final essay collection.

John Barth - Bolyongás ​az elvarázsolt kastélyban
A ​kitűnő amerikai írót Az út vége című regényéből ismerheti a magyar olvasó, ebből a nagyon olvasmányos, fordulatos, hagyományos eszközökkel megírt történetből. A Bolyongás az elvarázsolt kastélyban egészen másfajta kötet. Nem egyszerű novellagyűjtemény, hanem rövidebb lélegzetű szépprózai művek sokszorosan megszerkesztett sorozata, amelynek rejtett hőse maga az elbeszélő és az elbeszélés. Ahány írás, annyiféle technika - és az egészet bonyolult motívumrendszer egyesíti és teszi végül is az eposzi hős útjának fájdalmasan mulatságos torzképévé, amely mögött minden játékon és trükkön túl felismerszik a jelen kori Amerika eposziatlan-valósága.

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