Leaving the Atocha Station

Ben Lerner

Published: 2 February 2012
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ISBN: 9781847086907
£7.99

Other Editions

Paperback

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Published: 7 March 2013
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 192 pages
ISBN: 9781847086914
£7.99

Hardback

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Published: 5 July 2012
Hardback, Demy HB
138x216mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781847086891
£14.99

Overview

Adam Gordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid, struggling to establish his sense of self and his attitude towards art. Fuelled by strong coffee and self-prescribed tranquillizers, Adam's 'research' soon becomes a meditation on the possibility of authenticity, as he finds himself increasingly troubled by the uncrossable distance between himself and the world around him. It's not just his imperfect grasp of Spanish, but the underlying suspicion that his relationships, his reactions, and his entire personality are just as fraudulent as his poetry.


About the author

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Born in Kansas in 1979, BEN LERNER is the author of three books of poetry, The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. He has been a finalist for the National Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and the recipient of a Howard Foundation Fellowship. In 2011, he became the first American to win the Münster Prize for International Poetry. He teaches in the writing program at Brooklyn College. This, his first novel, won the Believer Book Award, was shortlisted for the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and is a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. More about the author





 
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