“For many years, Gilbert Sorrentino has remained a different determine in our literature. He reminds us that fiction lives simply because artists make it. . . . To the novel—everyone’s novel—Sorrentino brings honor, culture and constant passion.”—Don DeLillo
“Possessing either the grace of James Joyce and the snap and crackle of Tom Wolfe, [Sorrentino] is a must-read when you fancy fiction served on wry.”—Booklist
“Far from being overly intellectual, Sorrentino manages to be thrillingly disorienting and, while, rather accessible.”—BookSense.com
“Sorrentino has proven himself an ideal mimic of the knowledge age, an period whilst all is printed and not anyone can fairly keep in mind who seemed at the hide of final week’s People.”—The Washington Post
A boyhood pal of the past due Hubert Selby, Jr., instructor of Jeffrey Eugenides and two-time PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, Gilbert Sorrentino is an elder statesman of yankee literature who keeps to transgress inventive boundaries.
In Lunar Follies, a bitingly satiric, creative travel of gallery, museum and function paintings exhibitions, Sorrentino skewers the pretensions of the modern artwork international and its flailing makes an attempt at relevance in a society whose attentions have strayed to the immediacy of popular culture. With specified comedic timing and a watch towards lascivious aspect, Sorrentino is the correct consultant via this deliciously absurd world.
Gilbert Sorrentino has released over 20 books of fiction and poetry, together with the tale assortment, The Moon in Its Flight, and the new novel, Little Casino, which was once shortlisted for the 2003 PEN/Faulkner Award. After twenty years at the school at Stanford collage, he now lives in his local Brooklyn, New York.
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