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American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light (edició 2014)

de Iain Sinclair (Autor)

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"The visionary writer Iain Sinclair turns his sights to the Beat Generation in America in his most epic journey yet "How best to describe Iain Sinclair?" asks Robert Macfarlane in The Guardian. "A literary mud-larker and tip-picker? A Travelodge tramp (his phrase)? A middle-class dropout with a gift for bullshit (also his phrase)? A toxicologist of the twenty-first-century landscape? A historian of countercultures and occulted pasts? An intemperate WALL-E, compulsively collecting and compacting the city's textual waste? A psycho-geographer (from which term Sinclair has been rowing away ever since he helped launch it into the mainstream)? He's all of these, and more." Now, for the first time, the enigma that is Iain Sinclair lands on American shores for his long-awaited engagement with the memory-filled landscapes of the American Beats and their fellow travelers. A book filled with bad journeys and fated decisions, American Smoke is an epic walk in the footsteps of Malcolm Lowry, Charles Olson, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Gary Snyder, and others, heated by obsession (the Old West, volcanoes, Mexico) and enlivened by false memories, broken reports, and strange adventures. With American Smoke, Sinclair confirms his place as the most innovative of our chroniclers of the contemporary"--… (més)
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Títol:American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light
Autors:Iain Sinclair (Autor)
Informació:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2014), 320 pages
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A pretty dream, a slithering exercise in narrative direction, which left me lost (still don't know or really understand the Beat writers) but this prose is as close as you can get to the experience of travel. ( )
  et.carole | Jan 21, 2022 |
Disappointing in that Mr Sinclair never quite gets to grips with the legacy of the Beat generation of poets and some of their fellow travellers. But then was that the point of his journey? Is it really another perambulation in search of the author? As usual a fascinating loop of diversions loosely tented onto the hooks of a road trip around the USA visiting places and people with reminiscences of the beat scene of the 50s snd 60s. Some of whom were pleased to be identified as beats some not. Added in for good measure are Malcolm Lowry and the invented author Carl Shutter who is a real curiosity. A made up inhabitant of the suburbs of San Francisco. Of all the memorial sites to choose to site a fiction why the great literary city of the West? Was there no-one there for Mr Sinclair to meet and digress with? Or did he just enjoy writing a neat piece of fiction? In the end another enjoyable imaginary and physical journey but a nagging feeling that his heart wasn't really in it. ( )
  Steve38 | Feb 2, 2014 |
A relatively slim volume, 'American Smoke' is an extract from Iain Sinclair's forthcoming (2011) book 'Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project'. Sinclair's prose is as sinuous and dreamlike as ever, and from the few pages here, which narrate a portion of an alternative US road trip without recourse to the car, I'm looking forward to reading the full book next year. ( )
  brianlavelle | Jun 15, 2011 |
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"The visionary writer Iain Sinclair turns his sights to the Beat Generation in America in his most epic journey yet "How best to describe Iain Sinclair?" asks Robert Macfarlane in The Guardian. "A literary mud-larker and tip-picker? A Travelodge tramp (his phrase)? A middle-class dropout with a gift for bullshit (also his phrase)? A toxicologist of the twenty-first-century landscape? A historian of countercultures and occulted pasts? An intemperate WALL-E, compulsively collecting and compacting the city's textual waste? A psycho-geographer (from which term Sinclair has been rowing away ever since he helped launch it into the mainstream)? He's all of these, and more." Now, for the first time, the enigma that is Iain Sinclair lands on American shores for his long-awaited engagement with the memory-filled landscapes of the American Beats and their fellow travelers. A book filled with bad journeys and fated decisions, American Smoke is an epic walk in the footsteps of Malcolm Lowry, Charles Olson, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Gary Snyder, and others, heated by obsession (the Old West, volcanoes, Mexico) and enlivened by false memories, broken reports, and strange adventures. With American Smoke, Sinclair confirms his place as the most innovative of our chroniclers of the contemporary"--

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