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Golk (Phoenix Fiction)

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In midcentury America, the golden age of television, a man named Golk is wreaking havoc with the medium. Through a devastating series of exposures—"You're on Camera"—Golk manipulates the high and mighty, the lowdown and dirty, and the outrageous weird; all are within the compass of Richard Stern in this early novel, a comedy with as many inspired maneuvers as its rambunctious protagonist has for taking the measure of a profligate world.

"Golk is a rich and marvelously detailed novel by a man with a cultivated intelligence; it is also the first really good book I have read about television."—Norman Mailer

"An original: sharp, funny, intelligent, rare. . . . Working in a clean, oblique style reminiscent of Nathanael West, Mr. Stern has written in Golk a first-rate comic novel, a piece of fiction that is at once about and loaded with that kind of recognition that junkies call the flash."—Joan Didion, National Review

"Golk is fantastic, funny, bitter, intelligent without weariness. Best of all Golk is pure—that is to say necessary. Without hokum."—Saul Bellow

"Golk (like Golk himself) is a wonderous conception. Its world responds to personification, not analysis, and personify it Mr. Stern has done. A book in a thousand."—Hugh Kenner

"What I like about Mr. Stern's fantasy is that it has been conceived and written with so much gaiety. Far from a political melodrama, it reminds me of a René Clair movie, and even the surrealist touches needed to bring out the power and pretense of the television industry are funny rather than symbolically grim."—Alfred Kazin, Reporter

"A mighty good book, altogether alive, full of beans and none of them spilled."—Flannery O'Connor

Synopsis:

With a Foreword by Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr

About the Author

Richard Stern, professor of English at the University of Chicago, is the author of many works of fiction, including Other Men's Daughters, Natural Shocks, and the recent, much-acclaimed A Father's Words.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226773193
Foreword:
Rodgers, Bernard F., Jr. JR. JR. JR.
Author:
Rodgers, Bernard F.
Foreword by:
Rodgers, Bernard F., Jr.
Foreword:
Rodgers, Bernard F., Jr.
Foreword:
Rodgers, Bernard F., Jr. JR.
Foreword:
Rodgers, Bernard F., Jr. JR. JR. JR.
Author:
Rodgers, Jr., Bernard F.
Author:
Stern, Richard
Author:
Bernard F. Rodgers
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Television programs
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Men -- New York (State) -- New York -- Psychology -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Television programs - New York (State) -
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Phoenix Fiction Series
Series Volume:
166
Publication Date:
19870831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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