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Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things (American Literature)by Gilbert Sorrentino
This, Sorrentino's third novel, published in 1971, is a wonderfully biting and deeply cynical look at the New York City art world of the 1950s and '60s. Brilliant, laugh-out-loud stuff!
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Wildly comic and bitterly satiric, Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things is Gilbert Sorrentino's ruthless, and timeless, attack on the New York art world of the 1950s and '60s. Guaranteed permanent relevance by the never-ending presence of the marginally talented--and populated by artists who sold out, would-be artists with little ability, and hopeless hangers-on--this brilliant novel masterfully dissects the art world's culture of corruption and compromise, and in so doing examines the social and political malaise that continues to have a grip on modern America. One of Gilbert Sorrentino's most engaging novels, Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things is often named among the most important novels of the last several decades.
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