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“An extraordinary achievement . . . a vision of hell so stern it cannot be chuckled or raged aside.”—The New York Times Book Review A classic of postwar American literature, Last Exit to Brooklyn created shock waves upon its release in 1964 with its raw, vibrant language and startling revelations of New York City’s underbelly. The prostitutes, drunks, addicts, and johns of Selby’s Brooklyn are fierce and lonely creatures, desperately searching for a moment of transcendence amidst the decay and brutality of the waterfront—though none have any real hope of escape. Last Exit to Brooklyn offers a disturbing yet hauntingly sensitive portrayal of American life, and nearly fifty years after publication, it stands as a crucial and masterful work of modern fiction. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author’s estate.
Based on the original edition. First published in the USA in 1957 and then again in 1961 and 1963, copyright not renewed in the 28th year following as required, therefore now public domain. This book was not first published in 1964 as commonly believed when it made a sensation on the literary scene but in the late '50s, which makes it even more daring and ahead of its time. Stylistically uncompromising and innovative, Hubert Selby's gritty notorious novel Last Exit to Brooklyn (1957) is a famously bleak, foul-mouthed and refreshingly modern and frank collection of six linked stories set in the violent neighbourhoods of Brooklyn. It was successfully filmed in 1990.
Seminar paper from the year 2000 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3 (A), Humboldt-University of Berlin (American Studies), course: Hauptseminar Words of the City - City of Words: The City in American Literature III: 1950 - 1980, 9 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Hubert Selby, Jr. - short biography Hubert Selby, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1928. In 1944, at the age of fifteen he joined the US marines. After a few months on harbor duties, he sailed to join the closing stages of World War 2. Two years later, in Germany, he was taken off ship suffering from tuberculosis. The doctors said he could not live more than two months, both lungs were totally shot. He got back to the US and spent the next four years in hospital. That was the time he started reading. By the time he got out of the hospital, he had ten ribs removed, one lung collapsed and a piece of the other one removed. A couple of years later, he had to go to the hospital again. The doctors were telling him again that he is going to die, that he should just go home and sit quietly and he would soon be dead. His response to this statement was, "Fuck you, no one tells me what to do!" After that he realized that someday he was going to die. He knew two things were going to happen before he died. Number one, he would regret his entire life. Number two, he would want to live his life over again. And he would die. That absolutely terrified him to think he would live his entire life, look at it and say, "Jeez, I blew it. I blew the whole thing." So he got a typewriter and started writing. "This didn't make me a writer, but provided the incentive to discover that I am a writer." So, during this time of bad health, he returned to Brooklyn, started to drink and take drugs and wrote his first book Last Exit to Brooklyn which he finished after six years and was published in the US in 1964. [...]
Since the publication in 1964 of his novel LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN, which quickly became a cult classic, Hubert Selby, Jr., has held a place as one of the foremost exponents of American underground literature. In this study, James Giles examines the controversial writer's four novels and one collection of short stories to make the case that Selby's writings represent an innovative merger of both "naturalistic" and "surrealistic" modes.
Der moderne Mensch im Hamsterrad und seine Suche nach Glück Von unausstehlichen Kollegen umgeben, in ein Großraumbüro gepresst, kann Björn sein Glück kaum fassen, als er eines Tages ein kleines, geheimes Zimmer entdeckt. Ein Büro nur für sich, auf demselben Stockwerk, im Flur gleich neben der Tonne für das Altpapier und dem Aufzug. Hier drinnen sind das Chaos und die Enge der Bürowabenwelt vergessen, Björn hat plötzlich Spaß an seiner Arbeit. Alles wäre gut, gäbe es da seine Kollegen nicht. Die treibt Björns bizarres Verhalten fast zur Verzweiflung. Und zu allem Übel tun sie auch noch so, als existiere dieses Zimmer überhaupt nicht. Witzig und scharfsinnig beschäftigt sich Jonas Karlsson mit der Konformität in der modernen Arbeitswelt und mit der Frage, wie man als kleines Rädchen im großen Getriebe glücklich werden kann.

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