NEON LETTERS (Innbundet)

Essays on Literature, the Night and New York


Leif Bull

Norwegian title: Neonskrift
Norwegian subtitle: Essays om litteratur, natten og New York
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2018
Pages: 192
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788202599874
Kategori: Literature and Fiction
Overview Neonskrift

In Neon Letters, the author takes the reader for a slightly shambling stroll through Manhattan’s nightlife as it’s portrayed in American literature from the late 1800s towards our own time. In essays combining thorough literary criticism with energetic prose and restless digressions, the reader encounters a literature pulsating with the unique, dark shadow life of Manhattan.

This is a book about literature in all shapes and sizes: The book discusses tragic novels and humorous short stories, fantasy and naturalism, avant garde poetry and populist rhyming verse. It is a book about values, about ideology, about a city and a culture in constant flux. About street urchins, prostitutes, overdoses, gambling, gangsters, bootleggers, chorus girls, disco, porn cinemas, and AIDS. It is a tribute to the unclean, the unhealthy, and the unproductive in the modern era.

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Author Leif Bull

Leif Bull (b. 1977) has a PhD in American literature from Goldsmiths, University of London. Bull debuted as an essayist in 2016 with The Sinking City.

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