Publication Date: 02/01/2014 ISBN: 9780099586982 Category:

The Flamethrowers

Rachel Kushner

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication Date: 02/01/2014 ISBN: 9780099586982 Category:
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Reno mounts her motorcycle and sets a collision course for New York.

In 1977 the city is alive with art, sensuality and danger. She falls in with a bohemian clique colonising downtown and the lines between reality and performance begin to bleed.

A passionate affair with the scion of an Italian tyre empire carries Reno to Milan, where she is swept along by the radical left and drawn into a spiral of violence and betrayal.

The Flamethrowers is an audacious novel that explores the perplexing allure of femininity, fakery and fear. In Reno we encounter a heroine like no other.

Best Books of the Year:
* Guardian * New York Times * The Times * Observer * Financial Times * New Yorker * Telegraph * Slate * Oprah * Vogue * Time * Scotsman * Evening Standard *

Shortlisted for the National Book Awards 2013

Publisher Review

Swells with a daunting bravado * Irish Times * Ms Kushner's kaleidoscopic prose carries the novel's shifts in location and person, and the fast-paced rhythm harnesses the thrill of adventure * Economist * Sparky and inventive...a riot of a novel * Daily Mail * There is an exhilarating freedom to Kushner's writing... Taut, vividly intelligent prose -- David Wolf * Prospect * The Flamethrowers is a strange, fascinating beast of a novel, brimming with ideas, and sustained by the muscular propulsion of Kushner's prose... Kushner emerges as a wildly gifted artist filling a sketchbook with thrilling, eye-catching scenes -- Robert Collins * Sunday Times * A bright burning flame of a novel * Spectator * Rachel Kushner's fearless, blazing prose ignites the 70s New York art scene and Italian underground * Vanity Fair * This glittering novel is both carefully structured and exhilarating * Daily Telegraph * Dazzling... The Flamethrowers is a virtuoso performance; a ride of ache and pleasure, handled with pinpoint command * The Times * An ambitious and serious American novel. The sentences are sharp and gorgeously made. The scope is wide. The political and the personal are locked in a deep and fascinating embrace * Colm Toibin * Unfolds on a bigger, brighter screen than nearly any recent American novel I can remember * New York Times * An adrenalin-fuelled coming-of-age novel * Sunday Telegraph * It's so good, it's a little frightening... it makes any fretting over the state of the novel look plain silly * Guardian * One of the most thrilling and high-octane literary experiences I have had in ages -- Colum McCann * Sunday Independent * Kushner is rapidly emerging as a thrilling and prodigious novelist -- Jonathan Franzen Scintillatingly alive... It ripples with stories, anecdotes, set-piece monologues, crafty egotistical tall tales, and hapless adventures -- James Wood * New Yorker *

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