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In this ambitious book, Joyce Carol Oates boldly reimagines the inner, poetic, and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker-the child, the woman, the fated celebrity and idolized blonde the world came to know as Marilyn Monroe. In a voice startling, intimate, and rich, Norma Jeane tells her own story, that of an emblematic American artist-intensely conflicted and driven-who has lost her way. A powerful portrait of Hollywood's myth and an extraordinary woman's heartbreaking reality, Blonde is a sweeping epic that pays tribute to the elusive magic and devastation behind the creation of the great twentieth-century American star.

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’Nobody has ever caught Marilyn more brilliantly in words than Oates.’ Sunday Times

’Oates has been fearless in taking on a subject that criss-crossed almost every important strand of mid twentieth century history…Apart from her, only Don Delillo, among today’s American novelists, and no one at all among today’s American women novelists, would be able to handle such a huge cast of imagined and real characters…A mighty – and a mesmerising – book.’ Literary Review

’This novel deserves a wide audience. “Blonde” is what whole shelvesful of Monroe biographies should be but are not – a fabulous reinvention of the life of a fabulous reinvention, a mirror on our collective vanities and a cracking page turner to boot.’ Evening Standard

’”Blonde” is an epic achievement, a masterpiece, a piece of art so shatteringly well-conceived and lavishly-wrought that at times it almost does not seem like a mere book…If this book doesn’t catapult Joyce Carol Oates into British best sellerdom, nothing will.’ Independent on Sunday

’Novelists such as John Updike, Philip Roth, Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer slug it out for the title of the Great American Novelist. But maybe they’re wrong. Maybe, just maybe, the Great American Novelist is a woman.’ The Herald

About the Author:

Joyce Carol Oates is a distinguished, award-winning author and critic. She has written over 20 previous books, including ‘Black Water’, ‘On Boxing’, ‘Because it is Bitter’ and ‘Because it is my Heart’, now recognised as American classics. Here most recent novel is ‘The Gravedigger’s Daughter’.

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Book Description Book Condition: New. Publisher/Verlag: Ecco Press | A Novel | Geleitet von der Frage, wie sich die Schauspielerin selbst sah, bietet Joyce Carol Oates eine intime Nahaufnahme von Norma Jean Baker. "Einmal sah ich eine Fotografie der siebzehnjährigen Norma Jean Baker, auf der sie ganz anders wirkt als die Marilyn Monroe, die zur Ikone wurde. Ich sah in ihr eines der Mädchen aus meiner Nachbarschaft, und ich hatte das Gefühl, dass sie keine Ahnung davon hatte, was das Leben für sie bereithalten sollte. Das stellte ich mir unter einem amerikanischen Epos vor. Ich wollte nicht unbedingt über den Mythos Marilyn Monroe schreiben, aber zeigen, wie sie innen war." (Joyce Carol Oates.) | Joyce Carol Oates' 'Blond' ist ein Monumentalgemälde, ein Roman in Cinemascope, der das Leben der Marilyn Monroe als amerikanisches Epos des 20. Jahrhunderts erzählt. Geleitet von der Frage, wie sich die Schauspielerin selbst sah, bietet uns Joyce Carol Oates eine intime Nahaufnahme von Norma Jean Baker. Die Mutter, die statt des sonntäglichen Kirchgangs mit ihr die Villen der Hollywoodstars abfährt, der Sohn des politisch geächteten Charles Chaplin, schließlich der "Stückeschreiber" Arthur Miller oder Präsident Kennedy: Im Reigen der Bekanntschaften und Berühmtheiten geht es Joyce Carol Oates um die fragile Mitte des Menschen, der zur Ikone aufgeladen wurde, bis er zerbrach. In 'Blond' zieht Joyce Carol Oates alle Register ihrer Kunst: In realistischen Tableaus zeigt sie Szenen aus einem heim-gesuchten Leben, in rhythmischen Passagen bildet ihre Sprache die ekstatische Atmosphäre einer Epoche nach. ("Einmal sah ich eine Fotografie der siebzehnjährigen Norma Jean Baker, auf der si e ganz anders wirkt als die Marilyn Monroe, die zur Ikone wurde. Ich sah in ihr eines der Mädchen aus meiner Nachbarschaft, und ich hatte das Gefühl, daß sie keine Ahnung davon hatte, was das Leben für sie bereithalten sollte. Das stellte ich mir unter einem amerikanischen Epos vor. Ich wollte nicht unbedingt über den Mythos Marilyn Monroe schreiben, aber zeigen, wie sie innen war." )Joyce Carol Oates One of America 's most acclaimed novelists boldly re-imagines one of America 's most enduring icons in Blonde -the National Book Award-nominated bestseller by Joyce Carol Oates. The legend of Marilyn Monroe-aka Norma Jeane Baker-comes provocatively alive in this powerful tale of Hollywood myth and heartbreaking reality. Marilyn Monroe lives-reborn to tell her untold history; her story of a star created to shine brightest in the Hollywood firmament before her fall to earth. Blonde is a dazzling fictional portrait of the intricate inner life of the idolized and desired movie star as only the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates could paint it. | Format: Paperback | Language/Sprache: english | 610 gr | 203x135x32 mm | 752 pp. Bookseller Inventory # K9780061774355

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