The Flamethrowers Epub ✓ Hardcover

The Flamethrowers The year isand Reno so called because of the place of her birth has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, she begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi estranged scion of an Italian tire and motorcycle empire When they visit Sandro s family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in the seventies Betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow The Flamethrowers is an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake, the terrorist At its center is Kushner s brilliantly realized protagonist, a young woman on the verge Thrilling and fearless, this is a major American novel from a writer of spectacular talent and imagination


About the Author: Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner is the only writer to ever be nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel She began her Bachelor s in Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley when she was only sixteen and went on to obtain an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University She published her first novel, Telex from Cuba, in 2008 Kushner has edited for Grand Street Magazine, BOMB, Soft Targets, and Artforum, among others Her fiction and essays can be found in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Paris Review, and frequently focus on issues of feminism, contemporary art, revolutionary politics, culture, and modernism In 2013 New York Magazine called Kushner s second book, The Flamethrowers, probably the most heatedly discussed book of the year For this title Kushner was a finalist for the 2014 Folio Prize, the James Tate Black Prize, and the Bailey s Prize She was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2013 as well as an honorary PhD from Kalamazoo College She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.



10 thoughts on “The Flamethrowers

  1. says:

    Much of this book just isn t very good, indeed, it s quite bad Much of this book is also great, not in the sense of very good, but in the sense of Great American Novel Atech savvy reviewer could insert a Venn diagram here, but I m limited to words there s too much overlap between the great bits and the not good bits Really great Great Books manage to be both goo


  2. says:

    Reading this was like sitting in the back of a cab You re pretty sure you re headed SOMEWHERE but the way is circuitous, confusing and sometimes nonsensical It drives just like a cab, quick accelerations that slam you into the seat and jarring stops that throw you into your seatbelt, none of it for a good reason Maybe, you think, this kind of slam start slam stop


  3. says:

    The critic James Wood in his review for the New Yorker pin points it perfectly Rachel Kushner s second novel, The Flamethrowers Scribner , is scintillatingly alive, and also alive to artifice It ripples with stories, anecdotes, set piece monologues, crafty egotistical tall tales, and hapless adventures Kushner is never not telling a story It is nominally a historica


  4. says:

    I remember when John Banville won the Booker Prize someone remarked that despite the enormous cultural changes in our world British writers were still writing about art historians The New York art scene seems to serve a similar function for American writers I ll confess here that the New York art scene bores me And globally speaking probably lost any real influence wi


  5. says:

    No matter how young and hip you think you are, every so often, some cultural product that you don t get at all gets rave reviews and some measure of success, indicating that the world has turned and left you behind, transforming you instantly into an aged grump who mutters things about the kids these days Well, now I m telling The Flamethrowers to get off of my lawn.Thi


  6. says:

    There isn t much plot in this novel, but it is a hell of story Bildungsroman of a young woman known as just Reno, an art studies graduate in 1977 who dared to race her Moto Valera motorcycle at high speed velocities to create land art Land art was a traceless art created from leaving an almost invisible line in the road from surging speeds at over 110 mph Racing was drawi


  7. says:

    I love the cinematic flow of this book , with a young female lead character, Reno, who passes through life leaving few marks She is a recent art school graduate from Nevada who moves to New York in the late 70 s where she becomes immersed in the ferment of an art scene full of poseurs and prodigies think Andy Warhol s Factory and the high tide of bohemian types taking lofts


  8. says:

    Her Name is Reno and She Dances on the Hand Sometimes a cigar is only a cigar. Sigmund FreudOur protagonist Reno hails from Reno, Nevada She s in her early 20s, loves motorcycles, goes to NYC in 1975 with a nebulous plan to create art incorporating her need for speed not the drug She hangs out with a number of artsy narcisisstic tarts and farts, each of whom loves to blow hot


  9. says:

    I ve been looking forward to reading this just started but already I m caught up The chunkiness of the prose, the good crunchiness of it just the choice of words, with shape and weight and texture has me, the great tactile metaphors, I hear this book, I taste it Snap, crackle pop Loved this book the speed of it, the description of things as well as emotion, the machinery of the


  10. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The Flamethrowers follows Reno, a would be artist nicknamed after her hometown who moves to New York and, through a relationship with an older, wealthy Italian artist becomes a peripheral member of the city s vibrant art scene Though she spends her days among quirky, artistic people, Reno only makes h


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