The End of the End of the Earth: Essays

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Nov 13, 2018 - Literary Collections - 240 pages

A sharp and provocative new essay collection from the award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections

In The End of the End of the Earth, which gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes—both human and literary—that have long preoccupied him. Whether exploring his complex relationship with his uncle, recounting his young adulthood in New York, or offering an illuminating look at the global seabird crisis, these pieces contain all the wit and disabused realism that we’ve come to expect from Franzen.

Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day, made more pressing by the current political milieu. The End of the End of the Earth is remarkable, provocative, and necessary.

 

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“We spend our days reading, on screens, stuff we'd never bother reading in a printed book, and bitch about how busy we are.” Franzen seems to be the most divisive of all living authors. I know he is ... Read full review

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The book is about 50% birds, and I'm really just not that into birds, or nature or conservation writing. So, I skimmed a couple of chapters. He's good when he is writing from a personal perspective. I ... Read full review

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Jonathan Franzen is the author of five novels, including Freedom and The Corrections, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including The Kraus Project and Farther Away, all published by FSG. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Künste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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