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Title:Running
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Jean Echenoz, Linda Coverdale
Publisher:The New Press
ISBN:1595584730
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:128
Category:Fiction, Sports, France, French literature

Running by Jean Echenoz, Linda Coverdale

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Running Following his brilliant portrait of Maurice Ravel Jean Echenoz turns to the life of one of the greatest runners of the twentieth century and once again demonstrates his astonishing abilities as a prose stylist Set against the backdrop of the Soviet liberation and post World War II communist rule of Czechoslovakia i Running i a bestseller in France follows the famed career of Czech runner Emil Z topek a factory worker who despite an initial contempt for athletics as a young man is forced to participate in a footrace and soon develops a curious passion for the physical limits he discovers as a long distance runner .

Z topek who tenaciously invents his own brutal training regimen goes on to become a national hero winning an unparalleled three gold medals at the Helsinki Olympics and breaking countless world records along the way But just as his fame brings him upon the world stage he must face the realities of an increasingly controlling regime .

Written in Echenoz s signature style elegant yet playful i Running i is both a beautifully imagined and executed portrait of a man and his art and a powerful depiction of a country s propagandizing grasp on his fate .

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Running

Following his brilliant portrait of Maurice Ravel Jean Echenoz turns to the life of one of the greatest runners of the twentieth century and once again demonstrates his astonishing abilities as a prose stylist Set against the backdrop of the Soviet liberation and post World War II communist rule of Czechoslovakia i Running i a bestseller in France follows the famed career of Czech runner Emil Z topek a factory worker who despite an initial contempt for athletics as a young man is forced to participate in a footrace and soon develops a curious passion for the physical limits he discovers as a long distance runner br br Z topek who tenaciously invents his own brutal training regimen goes on to become a national hero winning an unparalleled three gold medals at the Helsinki Olympics and breaking countless world records along the way But just as his fame brings him upon the world stage he must face the realities of an increasingly controlling regime br br Written in Echenoz s signature style elegant yet playful i Running i is both a beautifully imagined and executed portrait of a man and his art and a powerful depiction of a country s propagandizing grasp on his fate br br br


Ravel

i Ravel i is a beguiling and original evocation of the last ten years in the life of the musical genius Ravel written by novelist Jean Echenoz br br The book opens in as Maurice Ravel dandy eccentric curmudgeon crosses the Atlantic abroad the luxury liner the i SS France i to begin his triumphant grand tour of the United States A master magician of the French novel i The Washington Post i Echenoz captures the folly of the era as well as its genius including Ravel s personal life sartorially and socially splendid as well as his most successful compositions from to br br Illuminated by flashes of Echenoz s characteristically sly humor i Ravel i is a delightfully quirky portrait of a famous musician coping with the ups and downs of his illustrious career It is also a beautifully written novel that s a deeply touching farewell to a dignified and lonely man going reluctantly into the night br


I'm Gone

I m Gone begins simply enough the hero an urbane Parisian art dealer tells his wife he s leaving her drops his keys on the table and walks out forever His new existence is as madcap and unpredictable as his old was staid French phenomenon Jean Echenoz s newest novel is a bitingly humorous look at the uncertainties of love at midlife a suspenseful crime caper and a witty satirical foray into corruption in the international art market BOOK JACKET


Lightning

p i Lightning i is a captivating fictionalized biography of Nikola Tesla one of the greatest inventors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries written by the master magician of the contemporary French novel i The Washington Post i br The book traces the notable career of Gregor a precocious young engineer from Eastern Europe who travels across the Atlantic at the age of twenty eight to work alongside Thomas Edison and quickly begins to astound the world with his brilliant inventions br As Echenoz reveals in a style that is impeccable full of finesse and promise Le Monde this profoundly solitary man holds a rare gift for imagining devices well before they come into existence but which soon become essential for future generations Although he works alongside the most accomplished figures of the era Gregor becomes swept up in his world of lightning and loses sight of who is profiting from his work p p p


Piano

Max Delmarc age fifty is a famous concert pianist with two problems the first is a paralyzing stage fright for which the second alcohol is the only treatment In this unparalleled comedy from the Prix Goncourt winning French novelist Jean Echenoz we journey with Max from the trials of his everyday life through his untimely death and on into the afterlife br br After a brief stay in purgatory part luxury hotel part minimum security prison under the supervision of deceased celebrities Max is cast into an alarmingly familiar partition of hell the urban zone a dark and cloudy city much like his native Paris on an eternally bad day Unable to play his beloved piano or stomach his needed drink Max engages in a hapless struggle to piece his former life back together while searching in vain for the woman he once loved br br An acclaimed bestseller with copies sold in France i Piano i is a sly sardonic evocation of Dante and Sartre for the present day the playful daring masterpiece of a novelist at the top of his form br br br


Envoyée spéciale

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Un an

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Big Blondes

Renowned singer Gloire Stella has mysteriously disappeared When a television producer tries to track her down Gloire goes on the run From the cliffs of Brittany to the back alleys of Bombay i Big Blondes i is a riotous nonstop adventure for anyone who has ever wondered whether blondes really do have more fun


Cherokee

Originally published in i Cherokee i won the Prix M dicis and established Jean Echenoz as one of Europe s most brilliant young writers As the reviewer for the Chicago Tribune noted Its erstwhile hero is George Chave maybe a detective maybe an underworld figure With him the reader embarks on a breakneck but loving tour of Paris punctuated by auto chases mystery ladies sleazy bars and innumerable metro stops Along the way the detective reader alternately follows the trail of a rare talking parrot an eccentric runaway wife an elusive missing heir and a weird religious cult The novel is a wonderfully funny piece of controlled chaotic madness said the Irish Times


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