The Devil Problem: And Other True Stories

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Random House, 1996 - Fiction - 404 pages
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Readers know from his now classic Lenin's Tomb that Remnick is a superb portraitist who can bring his subjects to life and reveal them in such surprising ways as to justify comparison to Dickens, Balzac, or Proust. In this collection, Remnick's gift for character is sharper than ever, whether he writes about Gary Hart stumbling through life after Donna Rice or Mario Cuomo, who now presides over a Saturday morning radio talk show, fielding questions from crackpots, or about Michael Jordan's awesome return to the Chicago Bulls -- or Reggie Jackson's last times at bat.
Remnick's portraits of such disparate characters as Alger Hiss and Ralph Ellison, Richard Nixon and Elaine Pagels, Gerry Adams and Marion Barry are unified by this extraordinary ability to create a living character, so that the pieces in this book, taken together, constitute a splendid pageant of the representative characters of our time.

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User Review  - Francisca - Goodreads

When it comes to writing, what I always struggle the most with is keeping my characters not only consistent but also, able to give that feeling that they can be (in some parallel universe) real. Or at ... Read full review

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User Review  - Margaret Carmel - Goodreads

This collection of profiles was lent to me by a professor, and as a journalism student this book was amazing! Remnick effortlessly portrays both the character and personality of the person he's ... Read full review


Winter on the Mountain Gary Hart
The Situationist Marion Barry
Negative Capability Mario Cuomo

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David Remnick is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and other publications. Mr. Remnick received a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his first book Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire. He was a reporter for The Washington Post for ten years, including four years as Moscow correspondent. A graduate of Princeton University, and former visiting fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Remnick lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

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