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Erasure (original: 2001; edição: 2002)

de Percival Everett (Autor)

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Percival Everett's blistering satire about race and publishing, now adapted for the screen as the Academy Award-winning AMERICAN FICTION, directed by Cord Jefferson and starring Jeffrey Wright
Thelonious "Monk" Ellison's writing career has bottomed out: his latest manuscript has been rejected by seventeen publishers, which stings all the more because his previous novels have been "critically acclaimed." He seethes on the sidelines of the literary establishment as he watches the meteoric success of We's Lives in Da Ghetto, a first novel by a woman who once visited "some relatives in Harlem for a couple of days." Meanwhile, Monk struggles with real family tragedieshis aged mother is fast succumbing to Alzheimer's, and he still grapples with the reverberations of his father's suicide seven years before.
In his rage and despair, Monk dashes off a novel meant to be an indictment of Juanita Mae Jenkins's bestseller. He doesn't intend for My Pafology to be published, let alone taken seriously, but it isunder the pseudonym Stagg R. Leighand soon it becomes the Next Big Thing. How Monk deals with the personal and professional fallout galvanizes this audacious, hysterical, and quietly devastating novel.

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Título:Erasure
Autores:Percival Everett (Autor)
Informação:Hyperion (2002), Edition: 59661st, 265 pages
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Erasure de Percival Everett (2001)

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Thelonius ‘Monk’ Ellison is a writer. Unfortunately he is a writer of high-brow serious experimental fiction. Which, in America, means that, unless you see his author photo on the dust jacket, you will assume that he is white. Not that Monk really minds since he doesn’t think in those terms. However, when an educated middle-class female black writer gains acclaim and substantial remuneration for a so-called “ghetto” novel, Monk is envious. Well, not envious, really. He is dismissive of such a crass exploitation that gets mistaken for “truth”. Plus all the money. Okay, maybe he is a bit envious. But when he pens an equally phoney true story, under a pseudonym, his goal is merely to show up the literary establishment for the fools that they are. But the money… It’s both tempting and, given his mother’s need for immediate long term care, actually necessary. Surely he won’t have to perpetrate this charade for long.

There is a lot going on in this novel. The surface drama set in the world of literary fiction may be a kind of red herring. The real drama, I think, is the one taking place in Ellison’s family of achievers. His doctor brother and doctor sister were slighted by his doctor father who felt only Monk had something special. The father was a very curious and, it turns out, secretive person. Other characters move in and out of Monk’s sphere of influence. But increasingly even Monk begins to worry that there may be no centre to his sphere, no there there. Has he ended up erasing himself?

As with everything I’ve read by Percival Everett, this novel is easy to recommend. ( )
  RandyMetcalfe | Jul 8, 2024 |
" The world demands that you introduce yourself twice, first as you are, and second as you are told to be" ( )
  Moshepit20 | May 27, 2024 |
A unique and wonderful novel. The weird interludes made the story more interesting in many ways, I will admit that when I got to his academic paper and the novel within the novel, my first thought was-am I meant to read this? I skimmed the novel as it was largely unreadable but then that makes the whole thing more hilarious.
  BookyMaven | May 24, 2024 |
Read this on audio. This was a very interesting book in both premise and writing style. The premise is that Thelonious Ellison, an African American Professor of English Literature and novelist, is struggling with his career, and his family (especially with his Mother, who is starting to succumb to dementia. He writes "literature" and can't get his books published anymore because he isn't "black enough". After a first time author writes a stereotypical urban novel and it gains wide success, he sort of snaps and writes what in his mind is a satirical response to her book, pretending to be a black convict writing about his experiences. He calls it My Pafology and after publishers climb all over themselves to get it, he renames it Fuck. And its still an unexpected/amazing (to him) runaway success. The interesting stylistic take is that its a book within a book. The middle part is the reading of My Pafology. Such an interesting wide shift in tone and dialog, as expected. A really good read. Its been made into a movie called American Fiction staring Jeffrey Wright. ( )
1 vote mahsdad | Apr 19, 2024 |
There is so much going on here that not every plot thread seems to get the attention it deserves, but the overall effect is both hilarious and sad. The protagonist and narrator is an African-American author of what seem to be almost unreadable novels who, upset at the praise for a semi-literate best seller about ghetto life, writes his own book in response, then publishes it under another name. It's easy to guess what's going to end up happening, although I wish the book had just a few more pages at the end. The book he writes, which he insists be published as "Fuck" is included in its entirety, and it is hysterically funny in its excess of expletives and sordid tale of a teenager who has already fathered four babies by four women and isn't done yet. Besides that main thread, Everett also focuses on the relationships of the author with his aging mother, who is succumbing to Alzheimer's, her long-time live-in housekeeper, his deceased doctor father, his doctor sister--who is beset by pro-life demonstrators and death threats at her clinic in Washington, DC--and his brother, now a plastic surgeon in Arizona, who is going through a life crisis of his own. Oh yes, there are also secrets to discover, relationships to have and sever, and all sorts of satire about the literary world as the author is chosen to serve on a prestigious panel to select the year's best book. Throughout, Everett intersperses conversations between noteworthy historical figures, some of which are pretty funny. All in all, this is a book unlike any other you've ever read in its weird combination of things. Almost as if the author didn't know if he'd get another chance and put all his ideas into this one book. (From my subsequent exposure to Everett, this is NOT the case, however.) But despite coming up short here and there (the thread about the sister, for instance, doesn't really get as much attention as it should), I'm glad Everett aimed high. (And who would want to miss the reality TV scene in the novel within the novel!) I will definitely check out more of his work.

I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator is superb. Audiobook narrators usually are, but this one is even more superb than that. ( )
1 vote datrappert | Apr 6, 2024 |
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Ecriture simple et attentive, sens des dialogues, ce roman veut croire qu'il y a encore une vie hors du clinquant médiatique. Et que toute parcelle d'humanité n'est pas encore effacée.
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Fiction. Literature. HTML:

Percival Everett's blistering satire about race and publishing, now adapted for the screen as the Academy Award-winning AMERICAN FICTION, directed by Cord Jefferson and starring Jeffrey Wright
Thelonious "Monk" Ellison's writing career has bottomed out: his latest manuscript has been rejected by seventeen publishers, which stings all the more because his previous novels have been "critically acclaimed." He seethes on the sidelines of the literary establishment as he watches the meteoric success of We's Lives in Da Ghetto, a first novel by a woman who once visited "some relatives in Harlem for a couple of days." Meanwhile, Monk struggles with real family tragedieshis aged mother is fast succumbing to Alzheimer's, and he still grapples with the reverberations of his father's suicide seven years before.
In his rage and despair, Monk dashes off a novel meant to be an indictment of Juanita Mae Jenkins's bestseller. He doesn't intend for My Pafology to be published, let alone taken seriously, but it isunder the pseudonym Stagg R. Leighand soon it becomes the Next Big Thing. How Monk deals with the personal and professional fallout galvanizes this audacious, hysterical, and quietly devastating novel.

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