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Vengeance - by Zachary Lazar (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 272

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Literary

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Catapult

Author: Zachary Lazar

Language: English

Street Date: February 13, 2018
TCIN: 53204003
UPC: 9781936787777
Item Number (DPCI): 248-56-8266


Praise for I Pity the Poor Immigrant (2014)
A New York Times Notable Book

"With such a novelistic collage, the way things hang together is what counts, and Lazar's novel makes a powerful and unusual totality of its disparate parts, an impressive cumulative experience." --James Wood, The New Yorker

"I Pity the Poor Immigrant is one of the most formally daring and innovative fictions I've read in years. . . . A truly fascinating work." --Chang-rae Lee, Salon

"Brilliant and intriguing." --Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle

"Lazar's brilliant novel of spiritual discovery features Meyer Lansky, an American journalist, and an Israeli poet's murder. . . . The book weaves like a melody." --Rich Cohen, New York Times Book Review

"Unforgettable. . . . Mr. Lazar concocts a beautifully written hybrid text of remembrance, essay, speculation, and poetic prose." --Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

"Zachary Lazar transforms Meyer Lansky from famous mobster to mythic stateless antihero, a figure who might as easily walk out of an airport as out of Sophoclean tragedy." --Salvatore Scibona, author of The End, finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for fiction

"This is a true portrait of history--its circling, complicating elements--as understood by characters whose individual parts have been beautifully brought together by a master craftsman." --Antonya Nelson, author of Funny Once

"Here Lazar deploys once again that signature mixture of panorama, poetry, and intimate observation that he invented, in his novel Sway." --Jaimy Gordon, author of Lord of Misrule, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for fiction

"Lazar is a master of combining disparate stories into one complicated, revealing narrative. In this novel, he has again succeeded in taking the reader through various seemingly unconnected lives and demonstrating how we are all immigrants striving for some inexplicable dream." --Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for Sway (2008)

"A brilliant novel . . . elegant and intricate. . . . It reads like your parents' nightmare idea of what would happen to you if you fell under the spell of rock 'n' roll." --Charles Taylor, New York Times Book Review

"Compelling. . . . A richly imagined, hauntingly vivid novel, wherein everyone falls under the sway of someone or something." --Gregory Leon Miller, San Francisco Chronicle

"Our investment in these fragile, intensely human figures is profound. . . . Nothing in Sway is writ large, but by carefully mapping the terrain separating the artist from the muse and the genius from the madman, Lazar makes the atmosphere of a decade almost palpable." --Adam Mansbach, Boston Globe

"Blending fact and myth, Lazar casts the Rolling Stones, the Manson family, and avant-garde film-maker Kenneth Anger as characters in his dizzying, foreboding shadow history of the sixties." --Rolling Stone

"Lazar has created a powerful, infernal prism through which to view the potent, still-rippling contradictions of the late sixties. It's no mean feat." --Mark Rozzo, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"An astonishing novel. . . . Lazar gives us access to the personalities that drove a decade. At the same time he shines a light into the human condition that is at work in every generation." --Stephen Elliott, LA Weekly

"It's not easy to say exactly why I was so blown away by Sway. . . . But I hope many, many readers will soon find themselves in this position of inexpressible admiration." --Margot Livesey

"Joseph Conrad said that fiction is primarily a visual art; he would have loved Zachary Lazar's Sway for the thousand indelible visual details of a startling originality--and for Lazar's ability to shine a light into the contemporary heart of darkness." --Edmund White

"A coruscating, kaleidoscopic vision of the 60s, Sway is at once an intimate re-imagining of iconic figures and an expansive meditation on an epoch that reverberates to this day. An enthralling read, shot through with flashes of edgy beauty and dark wisdom." --Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl

"Zachary Lazar begins where Joan Didion left off in his fiercely imagined, kaleidoscopic novel." --Jonathan Ringen, Rolling Stone

Praise for Evening's Empire: The Story of my Father's Murder(2009)

"An amazing feat of filial piety. . . . Reading Evening's Empire, you can't help but remember Death of a Salesman. 'Attention must be paid, ' Willy Loman's anguished wife recites, and the same imperative applies here." --Carolyn See, Washington Post

"In Cold Blood and The Executioner's Song are marked by their bloodless eloquence. . . . The same can be said of Zachary Lazar's remarkable Evening's Empire." --John Anderson, Newsday

"Evening's Empire is a remarkable work of nonfiction in which reporting and imaginative empathy combine. Lazar's story of the murder of his father is spooky, sharply focused, loving, beautiful, and richly redolent of a recent America now vanished into the past." --Ian Frazier, author of Family and Travels in Siberia

"When irrefutable facts are few, the wise author resorts to atmosphere. . . . Evening's Empire is an artful exercise in reportorial chiaroscuro." --Amanda Heller, Boston Globe

"Evening's Empire reveals a writer with emotional heft, terse prose, and searing insights into the complexities of a criminal world that must have looked pretty harmless--until it suddenly wasn't." --Michael Miller, Bookforum

"Zachary Lazar channels Joan Didion in this unapologetically literary account of his father's murder." --Tom Beer, Newsday

"Although Evening's Empire is categorized as both memoir and true crime, much of the book reads as a novel. . . . The multiplication of Warren's intrigues and a cumulative sense of doom supply its narrative drive." --Laura Miller, Salon.com

"Evening's Empire is a brilliantly conceived, genre-bending story that features taut, exquisite prose about the murder of Zachary Lazar's father, via modes of the memoir, the novel, and investigative journalism." --Chang-rae Lee, author of Native Speaker

"Evening's Empire may be as close to watching a Scorsese film as one can get on the page." --Nancy Rommelmann, Oregonian

"The style is gorgeous--understated, precise, atmospheric. Like a pointillist painter, Lazar gives us vivid dots that are all the more powerful because we have to do the work of connecting them." --Joan Wickersham, Los Angeles Times

"Zachary Lazar has managed an amazing feat--to evoke both Joan Didion's fierce intelligence and Truman Capote's eerie ability to enter into the unknown. And then there's the deep river of heartbreak flowing beneath it all. Evening's Empire is an incandescent masterpiece." --Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

"You'll want to put this one in the can't-put-it-down pile." --Frederick Barthelme, author of Double Down

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