Search Results: "Geoff Dyer"


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THE COLOUR OF MEMORY by Geoff Dyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"Random sharp insights and images are studded inside this leisurely and oddly innocent chronicle of British Gen-X slackers."
Dyer, the prolific British essayist and novelist who now lives in the U.S. and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Otherwise Known as the Human Condition (2011), published his first novel—an impressionistic, affectionate portrait of a group of 1980s British bohemians—in the U.K. in 1989. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 2014

"Somewhat more optimistic than Harry Dent Jr.'s The Demographic Cliff (2013), insistent that the key to Western influence-shaping lies in economic housecleaning. All bets are on as to whether that can happen."
It's in all the headlines: China and the United States are increasingly at loggerheads. As Financial Times journalist Dyer notes, it's likely to get more heated in years to come. Read full book review >

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PARIS TRANCE by Geoff Dyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Pointless to a fault, pock-marked with clichés about expatriates and la vie bohéme: a chronicle of squandered youth that would have seemed old-hat 50 years ago."
English music- and literary-critic Dyer (Out of Sheer Rage, 1998, etc.) offers his first novel—a disappointing improvisation on the Parisian themes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1998

"The push-me-pull-me here of the text and the sub-text, of biography and autobiography, turns up the volume on this fascinating symbiosis, which casts a new light on creativity and the importance of destiny."
Dyer writes two books at once, his own life and a challenging life of D.H. Lawrence, in this unique performance. Read full book review >

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BUT BEAUTIFUL by Geoff Dyer
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A false note in the history of jazz criticism."
A curious combination of fiction and criticism celebrating primarily the great jazz musicians of the '50s. Read full book review >

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WHITE SANDS by Geoff Dyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A mesmerizing compendium that reflects on time, place, and just what, exactly, we are doing here."
In a slender volume that contains multitudes, the award-winning critic and novelist details his travels in such far-flung places as Tahiti and the Arctic Circle. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER GREAT DAY AT SEA by Geoff Dyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"As usual for Dyer, eccentrically intriguing, occasionally dipping into boyish wonder and spasms of sentiment."
Novelist and nonfiction author Dyer (Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room, 2012, etc.) goes to sea for an immersive, sometimes-sobering ride aboard an American aircraft carrier. Read full book review >

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THE SEARCH by Geoff Dyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"A pretentiously self-conscious, lulling yet strangely pleasurable cross of Gulliver's Travels and Pilgrim's Progress with a little of the television cult show The Prisoner thrown in for good measure."
Prolific British-born essayist and novelist Dyer's second novel, a Kafkaesque road trip first published in 1993 in the U.K., appears for the first time in the U.S. along with his first novel, The Colour of Memory (reviewed in this issue). Read full book review >

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ZONA by Geoff Dyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"A digressive but impassioned mash note to a film that defies easy summary."
A personal meditation on Andrei Tarkovsky's 1979 film Stalker—though, this being a Dyer (Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, 2011, etc.) book, it's about plenty more besides. Read full book review >

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THE MISSING OF THE SOMME by Geoff Dyer
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"An unusual but forceful interpretation of the ongoing significance of a war that has now passed beyond living memory."
An idiosyncratic exploration of the meaning and formal remembrance of British participation in World War I. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 29, 2011

"Whether in sketches or rigorous studies, each piece bears the mark of Dyer's unique intelligence and wit."
A grab-bag of critical essays, reportage and personal stories from the irrepressibly curious Dyer (Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, 2009, etc). Read full book review >

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JEFF IN VENICE, DEATH IN VARANASI by Geoff Dyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2009

"Unsatisfying as a novel, but the observations are piquant enough to make for an enjoyable read."
Part novel, part cultural travelogue, this latest from the British critic and novelist (The Ongoing Moment, 2005, etc.) consists of two sections, linked by the narrator's sensibility. Read full book review >