Tarantula

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 23, 2008 - Poetry - 160 pages
68 Reviews
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE

Music legend Bob Dylan's only work of fiction—a combination of stream of consciousness prose, lyrics, and poetry that gives fans insight into one of the most influential singer-songwriters of our time.

Written in 1966, Tarantula is a collection of poems and prose that evokes the turbulence of the times in which it was written, and gives a unique insight into Dylan's creative evolution. It captures Bob Dylan's preoccupations at a crucial juncture in his artistic development, showcasing the imagination of a folk poet laureate who was able to combine the humanity and compassion of his country roots with the playful surrealism of modern art. Angry, funny, and strange, the poems and prose in this collection reflect the concerns found in Dylan's most seminal music: a sense of protest, a verbal playfulness and spontaneity, and a belief in the artistic legitimacy of chronicling everyday life and eccentricity on the street.
 

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User Review  - MikeFutcher - LibraryThing

It's not that bad, you know. I mean, sure, when the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in October of this year they probably didn't have Tarantula, the songwriter's only published ... Read full review

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User Review  - JohnPhelan - LibraryThing

Dylan is the greatest musical artist of the 20th century and the best of his lyrics are some of the great poems of the period but this 'novel' is poor. Essentially an extended version of the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
2
Section 3
12
Section 4
14
Section 5
17
Section 6
18
Section 7
25
Section 8
30
Section 16
52
Section 17
58
Section 18
59
Section 19
65
Section 20
69
Section 21
75
Section 22
76
Section 23
77

Section 9
35
Section 10
40
Section 11
43
Section 12
44
Section 13
45
Section 14
46
Section 15
47
Section 24
79
Section 25
84
Section 26
85
Section 27
92
Section 28
100
Section 29
110
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Bob Dylan has released thirty-eight studio albums, which collectively have sold over 120 million copies around the world. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature and has been awarded the French Legion of Honor, a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. His memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list.

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