From his first novel – Less Than Zero – published when he was still a college student – to his most recent – the fierce American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis has been a powerful and original presence in contemporary literature, whether giving voice to a previously inchoate generation or provoking a controversy that raged throughout the culture.
Now he takes a quantum leap forward: an awesome reckoning of the American Century at endgame. In Glamorama, a young man in what is recognizably fashion and celebrity-obsessed Manhattan is gradually, imperceptibly drawn into a shadowy looking-glass of that society, there and in London and Paris, and then finds himself trapped on the other side, in a much darker place where fame and terrorism and family and politics are inextricably linked and sometimes indistinguishable. At once implicated and horror-stricken, his ways of escape blocked at every turn, he ultimately discovers – back on the other, familiar side – that there was no mirror, no escape, no world but this one in which hotels implode and planes fall from the sky.
Time and again, the novel confounds one's expectations of it, and Bret Easton Ellis accomplishes the transitions from comic to surreal to horrific to humane with astonishing confidence. Matching ambition with artistic maturity, Glamorama is at once hilarious, savage in its worldly observation, and compassionate in its vision: a defining novel of our times.
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Bret Easton Ellis' book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends.
"One of the passing delights of Glamorama is to imagine how scholars of postmodern fiction will explain it a century hence... Ellis invests a fresh hell on every page... [And] through all this mayhem the style remains mysteriously elegant." (The New Yorker)
"Impeccable... cold and pitiless and modern... [Ellis] captures a cultural moment of racial dandyhood, where distinctions of sexuality seem less important that whether you look like a model and wear Prada." (The Village Voice)
"His best work to date... He remains a laser-precise satirist but the wit now dominates. " (Esquire)
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Riotous, as funny and brutal as American Psycho
- Cory Cantales
The Fever Dream of Fame
Performance wise, 'Glamorama' is among the best, with outstanding narration by Jonathan Davis that perfectly matches the chaotic beat driven by Ellis' masterful writing. It is difficult to stay with the story at times, much because of the nonlinear narrative of the work, but Davis maintains a spectacular vocal approach to the beast and never ceases to let any characters dry out.
Definitely compares to other Ellis novels, most particularly 'Lunar Park,' but as a narrative work 'Glamorama' seems quite incomparable to anything else that I've read so far.
Victor (Ward) Johnson, without a doubt, but also Jamie Fields and the mysterious Palakon.
Fame Is a Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Though not my favorite of Ellis' work, 'Glamorama' was an experiential listen that I would highly recommend to patrons who enjoy Ellis' violent beauty in nonfiction.
- Jake Reuter