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The Five Books of (Robert) Moses

Arthur Nersesian



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Akashic Books
09 July 2020
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Science fiction; Sci-Fi Alternate History; Political Sci-Fi; Urban Sci-Fi
After a domestic terrorist unleashes a dirty bomb in Manhattan in 1970, making the borough uninhabitable, FBI agent Uli Sarkisian finds himself in a world that is suddenly unrecognisable, as the United States faces its greatest immigration crisis ever: finding housing for millions of its own citizens. Arthur Nersesian's most important work to date examines the political chaos of today's world through the lens of the past. Fictional versions of real historical figures populate the pages, including Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman, and many more.
By:   Arthur Nersesian
Imprint:   Akashic Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781617754999
ISBN 10:   1617754994
Pages:   1510
Publication Date:   09 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

ARTHUR NERSESIAN is the author of fourteen books, including the cult-classic national best seller The Fuck-Up (more than 100,000 copies sold), Suicide Casanova, Manhattan Loverboy, East Village Tetralogy, and Mesopotamia. He is a native New Yorker who runs a writing workshop in the East Village and can be reached on Facebook.

Reviews for The Five Books of (Robert) Moses

Critical praise for the previous novels of Arthur Nersesian: For The Fuck-Up: The charm and grit of Nersesian's voice is immediately enveloping, as the down-and-out but oddly up narrator of his terrific novel, The Fuck-Up, slinks through Alphabet City and guttural utterances of love. --Village Voice For those who remember that the '80s were as much about destitute grit as they were about the decadent glitz described in the novels of Bret Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney, this book will come as a fast-paced reminder. --Time Out New York For Unlubricated: Nersesian is a first-rate observer of his native New York. --Publishers Weekly Reading Unlubricated can make you feel like a commuter catapulting herself down the stairs to squeeze onto the A train before the doors close...In his paean to the perplexities of dislocation and discovery--both in bohemian life and in life at large--Nersesian makes us eager to see what happens when the curtain finally rises. --New York Times Book Review For Chinese Takeout: Not since Henry Miller has a writer so successfully captured the...tribulations of a struggling artist...A masterly image. --Library Journal (starred review) One of the best books I've read about the artist's life. Nersesian captures the obsession one needs to keep going under tough odds...trying to stay true to himself, and his struggle against the odds makes for a compelling read. --Village Voice Thoroughly validates Nersesian's rep as one of the wittiest and most perceptive chroniclers of downtown life. --Time Out New York For Suicide Casanova: Every budding author should read this book. Stop your creative writing class on the technique of Hemingway and study the elegant gritty prose of Nersesian. Stop your literary theory class on Faulkner and read the next generation of literary genius. --Cherry Bleeds Sick, depraved, and heartbreaking--in other words, a great read, a great book. --Jonathan Ames, author of The Extra Man For Dogrun: Darkly comic...It's Nersesian's love affair with lower Manhattan that sets these pages afire. --Entertainment Weekly For Manhattan Loverboy: Best Book for the Beach, Summer 2000. --Jane Best Indie Novel of the year. --Montreal Mirror Nersesian renders Gotham's unique cocktail of wealth, poverty, crime, glamour, and brutality spectacularly. --Rain Taxi Review of Books Manhattan Loverboy sits somewhere between Kafka, DeLillo, and Lovecraft--a terribly frightening, funny, and all too possible place. --Literary Review of Canada For Mesopotamia: Nersesian easily captures the quirks of Tennessee, from sweet mom-and-pop storefronts to dingy, cluttered trailer parks; he sounds eager to stretch those regional muscles, after eight novels set in caustic New York...Mesopotamia is a solid, absurdist mystery. It's a vacation from the cosmopolitan, for both its heroine and its author--and, just like the tabloids it skewers, a sensationalist retreat for the reader. --Village Voice This wild and wildly entertaining novel [is] a satirical thriller with a tabloid touch that revels in the low-rent colorfulness of its characters. --Library Journal The immortal shadow of Elvis Presley gyrates wildly through this satiric exploration of America's fascination with tabloid journalism. --Publishers Weekly Thoroughly entertaining...A quirky, hard-edged, slightly absurdist thriller from a writer who definitely bears watching. --Booklist

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