Jonathan Baumbach


Works

YOU or The Invention of Memory"
"YOU is a wise, witty meditation on the mysteries
of love. And because the brilliant Jonathan
Baumbach is the author, it is also a house of
mirrors in which a single relationship is
fractured into infinite possibilities and the
corridors lead deep into a labyrinth of memory
and desire. At every point, YOU offers us a new way
to look at ourselves, startling us with uncanny
reflections." --Joanna Scott

BABBLE (1976)
BABBLE is a comic novel about entering and losing
the world, an adult dream of lost babyhood.

"Jonathan Baumbach's BABBLE is a brilliant conceit,
endlessly inventive and yet my first impression was
that I had read a book of immense tenderness."
--Maureen Howard

RERUNS (1974), Fiction Collective
Reprinted 2004, FC2. Published in France as Ce Soir, On Joue Mes Reves.

"I suspect RERUNS will ultimately prove to be one of the best novels of our time -- Baumbach is as much concerned with revitalizing language as with every level of human reality."
--American Poetry Review


B, a novel (2002)
Lo Fi Press

"Baumbach has been a hero of mine since I started writing. I remain avid for novelists who push the limits of the novelís form without sacrificing its traditional human juices. Baumbach is just such a writer and B is just such a novel -- smart, edgy, full of feeling, not quite like anything else Iíve ever read."

ON THE WAY TO MY FATHERíS FUNERAL: New and Selected Stories
Lo-Fi Press, 2004

"Baumbachís retrospective collection showcases more than 30 years of work from an underappreciated writer. He employs a masterfully dispassionate, fiercely intelligent narrative voice whose seeming objectivity is always a faltering front for secret passion and despair."
--NY Times Book Review



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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