A sharp and provocative new essay collection from the award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections
The essayist, Jonathan Franzen writes, is like “a fire-fighter, whose job, while everyone else is fleeing the flames of shame, is to run straight into them.” For the past twenty-five years, even as his novels have earned him worldwide acclaim, Franzen has led a second life as a risk-taking essayist. Now, at a moment when technology has inflamed tribal hatreds and the planet is beset by unnatural calamities, he is back with a new collection of essays that recall us to more humane ways of being in the world.
Franzen’s great loves are literature and birds, and The End of the End of the Earth is a passionate argument for both. Where the new media tend to confirm one’s prejudices, he writes, literature “invites you to ask whether you might be somewhat wrong, maybe even entirely wrong, and to imagine why someone else might hate you.” Whatever his subject, Franzen’s essays are always skeptical of received opinion, steeped in irony, and frank about his own failings. He’s frank about birds, too (they kill “everything imaginable”), but his reporting and reflections on themon seabirds in New Zealand, warblers in East Africa, penguins in Antarcticaare both a moving celebration of their beauty and resilience and a call to action to save what we love.
Calm, poignant, carefully argued, full of wit, The End of the End of the Earth provides a welcome breath of hope and reason.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Jonathan Franzen is the author of Purity and other novels, most recently The Corrections and Freedom. His works of nonfiction and translation include Farther Away and The Kraus Project, all published by FSG. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Künste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Hometown:New York, New York
Date of Birth:1959
Place of Birth:Western Springs, Illinois
Education:B.A., Swarthmore College, 1981; studied as a Fulbright scholar at Freie Universität in Berlin
Table of Contents
THE ESSAY IN DARK TIMES 1
MANHATTAN 1981 23
WHY BIRDS MATTER 33
SAVE WHAT YOU LOVE 41
CAPITALISM IN HYPERDRIVE 67
MAY YOUR LIFE BE RUINED 75
A FRIENDSHIP 97
A ROOTING INTEREST 109
TEN RULES FOR THE NOVELIST 123
THE REGULARS 147
INVISIBLE LOSSES 155
POSTCARDS FROM EAST AFRICA 181
THE END OF THE END OF THE EARTH 193
XING PED 227