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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay: A Novel

by Michael Chabon

Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay, two eccentric young men, join together and start developing comic heroes and a comic world from their dreams and imagination. 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content)

by Michael Chabon

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. Now with special bonus material by Michael Chabon. A "towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book" (Newsweek), hailed as Chabon's "magnum opus" (The New York Review of Books), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939. A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink. Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of America's finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the New York Society Library Book Award Named one of the 10 Best Books of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly

Las asombrosas aventuras de Kavalier y Clay

by Michael Chabon

Joe Kavalier, un joven artista judío entrenado en las artes del escapismo del maestro Houdini, acaba de conseguir su mayor proeza: ha huido de la Praga ocupada por los nazis. Su objetivo es triunfar en América, ganar dinero rápidamente, y así poder liberar a su familia de las garras del imperio nazi. Joe Kavalier se traslada hasta el barrio de Brooklyn, Nueva York, donde vive su primo Sammy Clay. Desde el primer momento, los dos chicos entablan amistad y se lanzan al mercado incipiente del cómic, creando un superhéroe judío que viajará hasta Europa para luchar contra Hitler. En la alucinante recreación del Nueva York de los años cuarenta que ilumina la historia caben el amor, los celos, la bohemia, las reflexiones sobre la creación y toda una serie de elementos que recuerdan el glamouroso mundo de Michael Chabon, un mundo que nunca deja de ser tierno y divertido. Con esta novela, el autor de Los misterios de Pittsburg, Chicos prodigiosos y Un mundo modelo, nos ofrece un estimulante triunfo del lenguaje y la inventiva. Como Pastoral americana, de Philip Roth, o Submundo, de Don DeLillo, Las asombrosas aventuras de Kavalier y Clay es una novela universal, maestra. «De entre los jóvenes valores de la actual literatura norteamericana, Michael Chabon es probablemente el menos abiertamente experimental y el que mejor conecta con las mejores virtudes del clasicismo de la llamada generación del New Yorker, es decir, escritores como Truman Capote, J. D. Salinger o John Cheever. Comparte con ellos una concepción de la literatura basada en la solidez narrativa, la impecable construcción de personajes y la sabia combinación de drama y humor.» Mauricio Bach

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

by Michael Chabon Jake Parker

Awesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight as an arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped crusader. But Awesome Man also has a secret. . . . Can you guess what it is? The first picture book from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon perfectly captures the fantasy life of young superhero fans.

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths

by Michael Chabon Edgar Parin D'Aulaire

The Caldecott medal-winning d'Aulaires once again captivate their young audience with this beautifully illustrated introduction to Norse legends, telling stories of Odin the All-father, Thor the Thunder-god and the theft of his hammer, Loki the mischievous god of the Jotun Race, and Ragnarokk, the destiny of the gods. Children meet Bragi, the god of poetry, and the famous Valkyrie maidens, among other gods, goddesses, heroes, and giants. Illustrations throughout depict the wondrous other world of Norse folklore and its fantastical Northern landscape.

The Final Solution

by Michael Chabon

In the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, prose magician Michael Chabon conjured up the golden age of comic books -- intertwining history, legend, and storytelling verve. In The Final Solution, he has condensed his boundless vision to craft a short, suspenseful tale of compassion and wit that reimagines the classic nineteenth-century detective story. In deep retirement in the English country-side, an eighty-nine-year-old man, vaguely recollected by locals as a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with his fellow man. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion: an African gray parrot. What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of German numbers the bird spews out -- a top-secret SS code? The keys to a series of Swiss bank accounts perhaps? Or something more sinister? Is the solution to this last case -- the real explanation of the mysterious boy and his parrot -- beyond even the reach of the once-famed sleuth?Subtle revelations lead the reader to a wrenching resolution. This brilliant homage, which won the 2004 Aga Khan Prize for fiction, is the work of a master storyteller at the height of his powers.

Gentlemen of the Road

by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, sprang from an early passion for the derring-do and larger-than-life heroes of classic comic books. Now, once more mining the rich past, Chabon summons the rollicking spirit of legendary adventures-from The Arabian Nights to Alexandre Dumas to Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories-in a wonderful new novel brimming with breathless action, raucous humor, cliff-hanging suspense, and a cast of colorful characters worthy of Scheherazade's most tantalizing tales.They're an odd pair, to be sure: pale, rail-thin, black-clad Zelikman, a moody, itinerant physician fond of jaunty headgear, and ex-soldier Amram, a gray-haired giant of a man as quick with a razor-tongued witticism as he is with a sharpened battle-ax. Brothers under the skin, comrades in arms, they make their rootless way through the Caucasus Mountains, circa A.D. 950, living as they please and surviving however they can-as blades and thieves for hire and as practiced bamboozlers, cheerfully separating the gullible from their money. No strangers to tight scrapes and close shaves, they've left many a fist shaking in their dust, tasted their share of enemy steel, and made good any number of hasty exits under hostile circumstances.None of which has necessarily prepared them to be dragooned into service as escorts and defenders to a prince of the Khazar Empire. Usurped by his brutal uncle, the callow and decidedly ill-tempered young royal burns to reclaim his rightful throne. But doing so will demand wicked cunning, outrageous daring, and foolhardy bravado . . . not to mention an army. Zelikman and Amram can at least supply the former. But are these gentlemen of the road prepared to become generals in a full-scale revolution? The only certainty is that getting there-along a path paved with warriors and whores, evil emperors and extraordinary elephants, secrets, swordplay, and such stuff as the grandest adventures are made of-will be much more than half the fun.From the Hardcover edition.

Jóvenes hombres lobo

by Michael Chabon

«De todos los autores que se publican ahora, Chabon es quizá quien ha encontrado una voz propia más clara y que conecta mejor con el lector medio.» Jordi Puntí, Babelia «Apasionante.» Francisco Casavella, El Mundo «Michel Chabon es uno de los jóvenes novelistas norteamericanos con un estilo más elegante, pretendidamente sencillo y mágicamente directo. Las tramas de sus novelas y cuentos aúnan eso tan difícil de conseguir como es un argumento sugerente, con rasgos donde sedan cita el ingenio, la ternura y la comicidad.» Diego Doncel, El Cultural «Entre los jóvenes valores de la actual literatura norteamericana, Michael Chabon es probablemente el menos abiertamente experimental y el que mejor conecta con las mejores virtudes del clasicismo de la llamada generación del New Yorker, es decir, escritores como Truman Capote, J. D. Salinger o John Cheever.»Mauricio Bach, La Vanguardia

The Long Ships

by Frans G. Bengtsson Michael Meyer Michael Chabon

Frans Gunnar Bengtsson's The Long Ships resurrects the fantastic world of the tenth century AD when the Vikings roamed and rampaged from the northern fastnesses of Scandinavia down to the Mediterranean. Bengtsson's hero, Red Orm--canny, courageous, and above all lucky--is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings and made to take this place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships. Orm is then captured by the Moors in Spain, where he is initiated into the pleasures of the senses and fights for the Caliph of Cordova. Escaping from captivity, Orm washes up in Ireland, where he marvels at those epicene creatures, the Christian monks, and from which he then moves on to play an ever more important part in the intrigues of the various Scandinavian kings and clans and dependencies. Eventually, Orm contributes to the Viking defeat of the army of the king of England and returns home an off-the-cuff Christian and a very rich man, though back on his native turf new trials and tribulations will test his cunning and determination. Packed with pitched battles and blood feuds and told throughout with wit and high spirits, Bengtsson's book is a splendid adventure that features one of the most unexpectedly winning heroes in modern fiction.

Manhood for Amateurs

by Michael Chabon

A Best Book Of The Year Time St. Louis Post-Dispatch Kansas City Star San Francisco Chronicle NPR Seattle Times A shy manifesto, an impractical handbook, the true story of a fabulist, an entire life in parts and pieces, Manhood for Amateurs is the first sustained work of personal writing from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon. In these insightful, provocative, slyly interlinked essays, one of our most brilliant and humane writers addresses with his characteristic warmth and lyric wit the all-important question: What does it mean to be a man today?

McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories

by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon is back with a brand-new collection that reinvigorates the stay-up-all-night, edge-of-the seat, fingernail-biting, page-turning tradition of literary short stories, featuring Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Peter Straub, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Heidi Julavits, Roddy Doyle, and more!Margaret Atwood- Lusus NaturaeDavid Mitchell- What You Do Not Know You WantJonathan Lethem- Vivian RelfAyelet Waldman - MinnowSteve Erickson- ZerovilleStephen King- Lisey and the MadmanJason Roberts - 7CHeidi Julavits- The MiniaturistRoddy Doyle - The ChildDaniel Handler - DelmonicoCharles D'Ambrosio - The Scheme of ThingsPoppy Z. Brite - The Devil of Delery StreetChina Mieville- Reports of Certain Events in LondonJoyce Carol Oates - The Fabled Light-house at Vi-a del MarPeter Straub - Mr. Aickman's Air RifleFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales

by Michael Chabon

A Vintage Contemporaries OriginalIncludes:Jim Shepard's "Tedford and the Megalodon"Glen David Gold's "The Tears of Squonk, and What Happened Thereafter"Dan Chaon's "The Bees"Kelly Link's "Catskin"Elmore Leonard's "How Carlos Webster Changed His Name to Carl and Became a Famous Oklahoma Lawman"Carol Emshwiller's "The General"Neil Gaiman's "Closing Time"Nick Hornby's "Otherwise Pandemonium"Stephen King's "The Tale of Gray Dick"Michael Crichton's "Blood Doesn't Come Out"Laurie King's "Weaving the Dark"Chris Offutt's "Chuck's Bucket"Dave Eggers's "Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly"Michael Moorcock's "The Case of the Nazi Canary"Aimee Bender's "The Case of the Salt and Pepper Shakers"Harlan Ellison's "Goodbye to All That"Karen Joy Fowler's "Private Grave 9"Rick Moody's "The Albertine Notes"Michael Chabon's "The Martian Agent, a Planetary Romance"Sherman Alexie's "Ghost Dance"From the Trade Paperback edition.

Un mundo modelo

by Michael Chabon

Dos ex amantes que llegaron a odiarse tanto que en la separación hasta sus tesoros más preciados sufrieron las consecuencias se reencuentran casualmente; un estudiante que debe leer su tesis sobre la formación de las nubes en ciertas condiciones meteorológicas decide no complicarse la vida y se convierte en plagiario; un jugador de béisbol en plena decadencia asiste al entierro de una joven promesa fallecida en un accidente... Estos son algunos de los personajes que habitan los relatos de la primera parte del libro: Un mundo modelo. Los de la segunda -Un mundo perdido-están todos protagonizados por el adolescente Nathan Shapiro, y en ellos se nos cuenta cómo su vida queda irremediablemente marcada por el divorcio de sus padres, cómo se enamora de una vecina casada, cómo trata de perder la virginidad con ayuda del alcohol sin demasiado éxito... Considerado como una de las grandes revelaciones de la nueva generación de escritores norteamericanos y llamado a ser el heredero de Salinger, Michael Chabon escribe con brillantez e inteligencia estas instantáneas de la Norteamérica actual, donde jóvenes y adolescentes tratan de aprender a vivir y a amar en un mundo complejo y cambiante.

El sindicato de policía Yiddish

by Michael Chabon

El sindicato de policía yiddish imagina una historia alternativa en la que, durante más de sesenta años, los judíos refugiados y sus descendientes han vivido tranquilamente en el distrito federal de Sitka, un espacio temporal dependiente de Estados Unidos, en Alaska, en el que los judíos han residido en paz. Sin embargo, el sueño de «un hogar para los judíos» parece llegar a su final, y una vez más la Historia los arrastra a un destino incierto. El asesinato de un carismático miembro de la comunidad judía servirá para poner de manifiesto las poderosas fuerzas ocultas que manejan los habitantes de Sitka, así como la capacidad analítica del fabuloso detective Meyer Landsman.Rabinos que se convierten al crimen, delincuentes que creen en Dios y el detective de homicidios Meyer Landsman, que solo cree en su botella... La nueva y original novela del Premio Pulitzer por Las asombrosas aventuras de Kavalier y Klay ha vuelto a conquistar a la crítica internacional.«Una de las mejores novelas de historia alternativa junto a El hombre en el castillo de Philip K. Dick, La conjura contra América de Philip Roth o Patria de Robert Harris.»Rodrigo Fresán, Qué leerTraducción de Javier Calvo.

La solución final

by Michael Chabon

En su largo retiro en la campiña inglesa, un anciano de ochenta y nueve años, que según rumorean los lugareños fue años atrás un famoso detective, vive apartado del mundanal ruido. Un día irrumpe en su ordenada vida Linus Steinman, un muchacho mudo que ha escapado de la Alemania nazi con un loro gris como único compañero. ¿Qué significa la misteriosa cadena de números en alemán que el loro repite incesantemente? ¿Acaso esconde un código secreto de las SS, o es un mero sinsentido? La solución de este último caso llevará al viejo sabueso más lejos de lo que jamás imaginó. La solución final, nueva novela del célebre escritor Michael Chabon, reinventa el clásico relato detectivesco decimonónico y lo convierte en una historia de suspense moderna.

Telegraph Avenue

by Michael Chabon

Race, corporatism, and last-stand idealism: who better to explore these themes than Pulitzer Prize winner Chabon, whose linguistic razzle-dazzle discloses acute observations about our shared culture--and its borders. Its 2004, and longtime band mates Archy and Nat (married to beloved local midwives) still preside over Brokeland Records, a used-record emporium and de facto town center in a fictional space somewhere between Berkeley and Oakland. Alls well until a former NFL quarterback, one of the country's richest African Americans, decides to build his latest Dogpile megastore on nearby Telegraph Avenue. Not only could this spell doom for the little shop and its cross-race, cross-class dream, but it opens up past history regarding Archy's untethered dad and a Black Panther-era crime.

The Yiddish Policemen's Union

by Michael Chabon

For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end. Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. And in the cheap hotel where Landsman has washed up, someone has just committed a murder-right under his nose. When he begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, and Landsman finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, evil, and salvation that are his heritage. At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.

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