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  • Rabbit, Runby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.00

    ?Brilliant and poignant . . . By his compassion, clarity of insight, and crystal-bright prose, [John Updike] makes Rabbit?s sorrow his and our own.?? The Washington Post   ?The power of the novel comes from a sense, not absolutely unworthy of Thomas Hardy, that the universe hangs over our fates like a great sullen hopeless sky. There is real pain... more...

  • The Afterlifeby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00

    To the hero of the title story of this collection, all of England has the glow of an afterlife: ?A miraculous lacquer lay upon everything, beading each roadside twig . . . each reed of thatch, each tiny daisy trembling in the grass.? All of these stories, each in its own way, partake of this glow, as life beyond middle age is explored and found to... more...

  • Americanaby John Updike

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 23.00

    John Updike's first collection of verse since his Collected Poems, 1953-1993 brings together fifty-eight poems, three of them of considerable length. The four sections take up, in order: America, its cities and airplanes; the poet's life, his childhood, birthdays, and ailments; foreign travel, to Europe and the tropics; and, beginning with the long... more...

  • Assorted Proseby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2012; US$ 17.00

    John Updike?s first collection of nonfiction pieces, published in 1965 when the author was thirty-three, is a diverting and illuminating gambol through midcentury America and the writer?s youth. It opens with a choice selection of parodies, casuals, and ?Talk of the Town? reports, the fruits of Updike?s boyish ambition to follow in the footsteps of... more...

  • Basic Bechby John Updike

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 23.98

    Basic Bech combines two classic titles -- Bech: A Book and Bech is Back -- from one of John Updike's most beloved characters. Henry Bech, the celebrated author of Travel Light , has been scrutinized, canonized and vilified by reviewers, academics, critics and readers across the world. Suffering from temporary impotence and not-so-temporary... more...

  • Bech: A Bookby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.00

    The Jewish American novelist Henry Bech?procrastinating, libidinous, and tart-tongued, his reputation growing while his powers decline?made his first appearance in 1965, in John Updike?s ?The Bulgarian Poetess.? That story won the O. Henry First Prize, and it and the six Bech adventures that followed make up this collection . ?Bech is the writer in... more...

  • Bech Is Backby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.00

    In this follow-up to Bech: A Book, Henry Bech, the priapic, peripatetic, and unproductive Jewish American novelist, returns with seven more chapters from his mock-heroic life. He turns fifty in a confusing blend of civic and erotic circumstances while publicizing himself in Australia and Canada. He marries a shiksa and travels with her to Israel,... more...

  • Bech at Bayby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00

    In this, the final volume in John Updike?s mock-heroic trilogy about the Jewish American writer Henry Bech, our hero is older but scarcely wiser. Now in his seventies, he remains competitive, lecherous, and self-absorbed, lost in a brave new literary world where his books are hyped by Swiss-owned conglomerates, showcased in chain stores attached to... more...

  • Brazilby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.00

    In the dream-Brazil of John Updike?s imagining, almost anything is possible if you are young and in love. When Tristão Raposo, a black nineteen-year-old from the Rio slums, and Isabel Leme, an eighteen-year-old upper-class white girl, meet on Copacabana Beach, their flight from family and into marriage takes them to the farthest reaches of Brazil?s... more...

  • Buchanan Dyingby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2013; US$ 16.00

    To the list of John Updike?s well-intentioned protagonists?Rabbit Angstrom, George Caldwell, Piet Hanema, Henry Bech?add James Buchanan, seen above as a young Congressman in the 1820?s, and on the front cover as the harried fifteenth President of the United States (1857-1861).  In a play meant to be read, Buchanan?s political and private lives are... more...