In Partial Disgrace by Charles Newman
(American Literature (Dalkey Archive))

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In Partial Disgrace is a sprawling self-contained trilogy chronicling the troubled history of a small Central European nation whose rise and fall might be said to parallel the strange contortions of 20th century political and literary thought. More than twenty years in the making, this may be the last great work to issue from the generation that changed American letters in the ’60s and ’70s.

The long-awaited final work and magnum opus of one of the United States’s greatest authors, critics, and tastemakers, In Partial Disgrace is a sprawling self-contained trilogy chronicling the troubled history of a small Central European nation bearing certain similarities to Hungary—and whose rise and fall might be said to parallel the strange contortions taken by Western political and literary thought over the course of the twentieth century. More than twenty years in the making, and containing a cast of characters, breadth of insight, and degree of stylistic legerdemain to rival such staggering achievements as William H. Gass’s The Tunnel, Carlos Fuentes’s Terra Nostra, Robert Coover’s The Public Burning, or Péter Nádas’s Parallel Lives, In Partial Disgrace may be the last great work to issue from the generation that changed American letters in the ’60s and ’70s.
 

About Charles Newman

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Charles Newman (1938–2006) was born in St. Louis and grew up in the Chicago area. In 1964 he became editor of TriQuarterly, which he nurtured into a journal with an international reputation. Newman’s own novels have been compared to the work of both Thomas Pynchon and J. D. Salinger, and his two works of nonfiction are both classics of the form. Newman was a Professor at Washington University in St. Louis from 1985 until his death. Joshua Cohen was born in 1980 in New Jersey. He is the author of five books, including the novels Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto, A Heaven of Others, and Witz. Cohen’s essays have appeared in The Forward, Nextbook, The Believer, and Harper’s. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Dalkey Archive Press. 600 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Acclaimed critic and novelist Newman (White Jazz) offers a weighty historical satire in this posthumous work set in the fabled kingdom of Cannonia. The narrative splits between two protagonists and ti

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