Jonathan Baumbach

RERUNS (1974), Fiction Collective

RERUNS opens...

"Separated at the present from my third wife, Molly, to whom I am not legally married, unable to get a divorce from my second wife to whom I am still on the books husband, the father of four children (perhaps five), the son of at least two parents, Jewish on my motherís side, Italian Irish lapsed Catholic on my fatherís, American, student, sometime soldier, comedian, filmmaker, revenger, driven in conflicting directions by dream-haunted ambition, I am here without wife or woman (no pleasant place to be), your guide and reporter, a hostage to the habit of rerunning the dead past in the cause of waking from the dream."

Selected Works

Fiction
BABBLE (1976)
"BABBLE is the further adventures of the only infant hero in American Literature." --Esquire
RERUNS (1974), Fiction Collective
"RERUNS is about that place -- no small terrain -- where cinema, dream and memory meet, and no other novel has mapped it as well."
B, a novel (2002)
"The novel that takes his initial offers 14 ways of looking at Baumbachís writer-protagonist, 14 narrative variations on the distorting mirror."
ON THE WAY TO MY FATHERíS FUNERAL: New and Selected Stories
Robert Coover writes: ďHe is an exceptional writer... I can think of few authors who can deliver an entire set of stories of such class as these."
novel
YOU or The Invention of Memory"
Narrator remembers or imagines or invents the story of a variable relationship with a woman known only as You.

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