The Fictioning Horror Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Powell's Q&A | September 3, 2014

Emily St. John Mandel: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Emily St. John Mandel



Describe your latest book. My new novel is called Station Eleven. It's about a traveling Shakespearean theatre company in a post-apocalyptic North... Continue »
  1. $17.47 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Station Eleven

    Emily St. John Mandel 9780385353304

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$9.95
List price: $15.00
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Literature- A to Z

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi (Vintage)

by

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi (Vintage) Cover

ISBN13: 9780307390301
ISBN10: 0307390306
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $9.95!

 

Staff Pick

Geoff Dyer, the author of books on subjects as diverse as jazz, D. H. Lawrence, photography, and World War I, is at the top of his game with his latest offering. Jeff in Venice, Death In Varanasi (the title is a play on Thomas Mann's Death in Venice) is a pair of novellas which wonderfully combine bits of travel, art, humor, and philosophy. It's a book that may leave you with more questions than answers (Is Geoff Jeff? Is Venice Varanasi?). But, with writing this original and enjoyable to read, who really cares?
Recommended by Shawn D., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A New York Times Notable Book

A Best Book of the Year: The Economist, The New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Slate.com, and Time

In Venice, at the Biennale, a jaded, bellini-swigging journalist named Jeff Atman meets a beautiful woman and they embark on a passionate affair.

In Varanasi, an unnamed journalist (who may or may not be Jeff) joins thousands of pilgrims on the banks of the holy Ganges. He intends to stay for a few days but ends up remaining for months.

Their journey — as only the irrepressibly entertaining Geoff Dyer could conjure — makes for an uproarious, fiendishly inventive novel of Italy and India, longing and lust, and the prospect of neurotic enlightenment.

Review:

"Dyer's writerly versatility braids into something madly compelling as the narration becomes comically and tragically unreliable." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Geoff Dyer's astonishingly original two-part novel "Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi" contrasts cynical worldliness in the first part — the art world at the Venice Biennale and its themes of sex, drugs and social status — with unworldliness in the second part, the passage to nonbeing that is Varanasi, the city of burning funeral pyres alongside the Ganges." Portland Oregonian

Review:

"No contemporary writer blends genres better than Geoff Dyer, and his latest novel — a vigorous mash-up of satire, romance, travelogue and existential treatise — is his best yet. Dyer excels at savage comedy — see his tableau of jaded art critics desperately swilling Bellinis — but he's even better on the profound pleasures and indignities of the flesh, which are the forces that unite his novel's two very separate worlds." Time Magazine

Review:

"Funny, insightful, and accessible, Jeff in Venice allows the reader to move easily between the two cities and connect with the two characters, or two halves of the same person. Dyer [is] an innovative, genre-bending writer." Booklist

Review:

"Jeff in Venice is a dirty satire on a decadent scene, but it's also wise, wistful, funny, and achingly sad." Very Short List

Review:

"Dyer is very funny, in both senses - sort of like a post-modern Kingsley Amis. His writing is acute and bad tempered in the great British tradition, and his prose is the equal of anyone in the country. A national treasure." Zadie Smith, author of White Teeth

Synopsis:

A New York Times Notable Book

A Best Book of the Year: The Economist, The New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Slate.com, and Time

In Venice, at the Biennale, a jaded, bellini-swigging journalist named Jeff Atman meets a beautiful woman and they embark on a passionate affair.

In Varanasi, an unnamed journalist (who may or may not be Jeff) joins thousands of pilgrims on the banks of the holy Ganges. He intends to stay for a few days but ends up remaining for months. 

Their journey—as only the irrepressibly entertaining Geoff Dyer could conjure—makes for an uproarious, fiendishly inventive novel of Italy and India, longing and lust, and the prospect of neurotic enlightenment.

About the Author

Geoff Dyer is the author of three novels, a critical study of John Berger, and five genre-defying books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle finalist. He lives in London.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

Robert Corbett, January 18, 2011 (view all comments by Robert Corbett)
Geoff Dyer is simply writing the best books about the way we live now, particularly among the literary and professional classes, but it seems like it is catching. DiV is of the moment in its two part structure. Part one is dionysian, at the Venice Biennale, but of course art is not what is at stake, but rather ecstasy. Part two in Varanasi catches at the chill that we have caught since the economy broke in two. Dyer's great art, however, is in making us look astray, to see the spirit in Venice, to see the extravagance in Varanasi. Of course, the choice between the two can't be decided, but the very indeterminacy is the mark of our moment. Who knows which way it will break?
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307390301
Author:
Dyer, Geoff
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
DYER, GEOFF
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;india;venice;italy;novel;art;travel;varanasi;british;21st century;biennale
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.18 x .9 in .6875 lb

Other books you might like

  1. Everything Ravaged Everything Burned Used Trade Paper $6.95
  2. Things Fall Apart
    Used Trade Paper $4.50
  3. Lark and Termite
    Used Hardcover $7.50
  4. A House Unlocked Used Trade Paper $8.00
  5. Judgment day Used Trade Paper $1.95
  6. Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures...
    Used Trade Paper $4.95

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Metaphysics » Fiction

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi (Vintage) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$9.95 In Stock
Product details 304 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307390301 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Geoff Dyer, the author of books on subjects as diverse as jazz, D. H. Lawrence, photography, and World War I, is at the top of his game with his latest offering. Jeff in Venice, Death In Varanasi (the title is a play on Thomas Mann's Death in Venice) is a pair of novellas which wonderfully combine bits of travel, art, humor, and philosophy. It's a book that may leave you with more questions than answers (Is Geoff Jeff? Is Venice Varanasi?). But, with writing this original and enjoyable to read, who really cares?

"Review" by , "Dyer's writerly versatility braids into something madly compelling as the narration becomes comically and tragically unreliable."
"Review" by , "Geoff Dyer's astonishingly original two-part novel "Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi" contrasts cynical worldliness in the first part — the art world at the Venice Biennale and its themes of sex, drugs and social status — with unworldliness in the second part, the passage to nonbeing that is Varanasi, the city of burning funeral pyres alongside the Ganges."
"Review" by , "No contemporary writer blends genres better than Geoff Dyer, and his latest novel — a vigorous mash-up of satire, romance, travelogue and existential treatise — is his best yet. Dyer excels at savage comedy — see his tableau of jaded art critics desperately swilling Bellinis — but he's even better on the profound pleasures and indignities of the flesh, which are the forces that unite his novel's two very separate worlds."
"Review" by , "Funny, insightful, and accessible, Jeff in Venice allows the reader to move easily between the two cities and connect with the two characters, or two halves of the same person. Dyer [is] an innovative, genre-bending writer."
"Review" by , "Jeff in Venice is a dirty satire on a decadent scene, but it's also wise, wistful, funny, and achingly sad."
"Review" by , "Dyer is very funny, in both senses - sort of like a post-modern Kingsley Amis. His writing is acute and bad tempered in the great British tradition, and his prose is the equal of anyone in the country. A national treasure."
"Synopsis" by , A New York Times Notable Book

A Best Book of the Year: The Economist, The New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Slate.com, and Time

In Venice, at the Biennale, a jaded, bellini-swigging journalist named Jeff Atman meets a beautiful woman and they embark on a passionate affair.

In Varanasi, an unnamed journalist (who may or may not be Jeff) joins thousands of pilgrims on the banks of the holy Ganges. He intends to stay for a few days but ends up remaining for months. 

Their journey—as only the irrepressibly entertaining Geoff Dyer could conjure—makes for an uproarious, fiendishly inventive novel of Italy and India, longing and lust, and the prospect of neurotic enlightenment.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.