Perforated Heart: A Novel

Perforated Heart: A Novel

by Eric Bogosian
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Perforated Heart: A Novel by Eric Bogosian

Almost forty years after moving to Manhattan, author Richard Morris has achieved if not stratospheric renown then at least the accomplished career and caliber of fame that he envisioned for himself as a younger man. Now financially comfortable and artistically embittered, Richard is at his home upstate recuperating from heart surgery and nursing resentment toward his publisher and his reading public who have found new, more exciting writers and left his star to wane.

In his attic, Richard comes across a stack of notebooks, the journals he began keeping when he arrived in New York in the late '70s. He is alternately fascinated and repelled by the young man he meets in these pages: hilariously naïve and egotistically misguided, the younger Richard compulsively absorbs everything around him from art and creativity to sex and drugs. As he reads more about himself, written by himself, Richard discovers that the pivotal moments of self-invention -- and self-realization -- occur far outside the conventional chronology of a lifetime.

Perforated Heart explores two wholly different characters -- a young, ambitious artist and his older self, jaded by both success and failure -- and creates an unforgettable portrait of the two men who inhabit the one individual. By turns meditative, deftly observant, and scathingly analytical, Eric Bogosian re-creates the landscape and atmosphere of 1970s New York City with fresh, vivid imagery and reveals a powerful commentary on the dynamic between creativity and commerce in the artistic world. Perforated Heart is his most rewarding and penetrating novel yet, with prose that reflects an equally astonishing range of experience and emotion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416594338
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/05/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 404 KB

About the Author

Eric Bogosian is the author of Mall, the plays Talk Radio, subUrbia and Griller, and the Obie Award-winning solo performances Drinking in America, Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead and Sex, Drugs, Rock&Roll. He is the recipient of the Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear Award, a Drama Desk Award, and two NEA fellowships. An actor who has appeared in more than a dozen feature films and television shows, Bogosian lives in New York City.

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Sunshine2theRain More than 1 year ago
"Drugs, Mid-Life Crisises, the 70's, Philosophy of Life/Aging, the Writing World, New York City, and Comedic Pessimism" I'm reluctant to choose just one word to describe this book. Think of any positive words you would use toward a book you like and it can be used toward this one as well. Bogosian has a wonderful writing style it is like he writes with a passive philosophical style, but still he strings his words toghether to create a page turner. The book itself is arranged in a way where you can read the character's (Richard's) thoughts when he was very young and just beginning his writing career and also in the 'present' day where he is middle aged. The author does this by using dates (day/month/year) this arrangement allows the book to move briskly and it keeps your memory fresh. I truly enjoyed this novel, all the characters were absolutely enlightening and entertaining. I love the fact that you get to know the characters in the 70's when Richard was young and then you get a follow up on them 30 years later when Richard meets up with several of his past peeps. If you enjoy a bit of pessimism with your optimism I'm sure you will enjoy this novel by Bogosian.