Cleanness

Author:   Garth Greenwell
Publisher:   Pan Macmillan
ISBN:  

9781509874644


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   23 January 2020
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Format:   Paperback
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Cleanness is stunning, provocatively revelatory and atmospherically profound. Here is love and sex as art, as pulse, as truth' - Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women Sofia, Bulgaria, a landlocked city in southern Europe, stirs with hope and impending upheaval. Soviet buildings crumble, wind scatters sand from the far south, and political protesters flood the streets with song. In this atmosphere of disquiet, an American teacher navigates a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love. As he prepares to leave the place he's come to call home, he grapples with the intimate encounters that have marked his years abroad, each bearing uncanny reminders of his past. A queer student's confession recalls his own first love, a stranger's seduction devolves into paternal sadism, and a romance with a younger man opens, and heals, old wounds. Each echo reveals startling insights about what it means to seek connection: with those we love, with the places we inhabit, and with our own fugitive selves. Cleanness revisits and expands the world of Garth Greenwell's beloved debut, What Belongs to You, declared 'an instant classic' by the New York Times Book Review. In exacting, elegant prose, Greenwell transcribes the strange dialects of desire, cementing his stature as one of our most vital living writers.

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Author:   Garth Greenwell
Publisher:   Pan Macmillan
Imprint:   Picador
Dimensions:   Width: 15.40cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 23.30cm
Weight:   0.320kg
ISBN:  

9781509874644


ISBN 10:   150987464
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   23 January 2020
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
The supplier is temporarily out of stock of this item. It will be ordered for you on backorder and shipped when it becomes available.

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An unbearably wonderful, eloquently sexual, thoughtful, emotional, delight of a novel - Garth Greenwell writes like no one else. -- Eimear McBride Garth Greenwell, whose first book is a masterpiece, amazingly has written a second book that is also a masterpiece. The great enterprise that Joyce and Lawrence began-to write with utter literal candor about sex, grounding one's moral life and philosophical insight in what that candor reveals about us-finds fulfillment, a late apotheosis, in Greenwell's work. Cleanness is the act of a master. -- Frank Bidart Cleanness is a impressive book: moving, radical, both beautiful and violent, unexpected. Garth Greenwell is a major writer, and his writing provides us tools to affirm ourselves, to exist - to fight -- Edouard Louis, author of <i>The End of Eddy.</i> Garth Greenwell is an intensely beautiful and gorgeous writer. I can think of no contemporary author who brings as much reality and honesty to the description of sex-locating in it the sublime, as well as our deepest degradations, our sweetness, confusion, and rage. Most American literature seems neutered by comparison. His perfect noticing extends to the way we experience love and loneliness, the feeling of exile, and the eternal search for home-wherever, or in whomever, that may be found. I am always recommending Garth Greenwell to everyone -- Sheila Heti, author of <i>Motherhood</i> Cleanness reaches into the relationship between masculinity and violence with more depth than any book I've read in a very long time, and it does it by elaborating both the tender and brutal means that men who try to love other men employ to survive the violence they inherited and the violence they still possess. It is, in the best sense, a disturbing book for the simple reason that it speaks the truth -- Adam Haslett, author of <i>Imagine Me Gone</i>


Garth Greenwell's sentences are magical and spellbinding. They breathe, and are alive, in completely unpredictable ways. Words are voyages, says John Donne. Greenwell is a novelist whose art makes a poet stand on his toes -- Ilya Kaminsky, author of <i>Deaf Republic</i> In Cleanness, I found an end to a loneliness I didn't know - until now - how to describe. Greenwell maps the worlds our language walls off-sex, love, shame and friendship, the foreign and the familiar-and finds the sublime. There are visceral shocks like I've never encountered in print, and they delighted me, again and again. With each plunge we take beneath the surface of life, lost and new worlds appear. This could only be the work of a master -- Alexander Chee, author of <i>How to Write an Autobiographical Novel</i> So rarely do words make comprehensible the inevitability and confusion of desire as Garth Greenwell's writing does. His sensibility is akin to James Baldwin's, and he observes the world with eyes like those of Tolstoy. With shimmering prose and undiluted intensity, Cleanness captures the indefinableness of pain and intimacy, love and alienation, vulnerability and sustainability -- Yiyun Li, author of <i>Where Reasons End</i> Cleanness reaches into the relationship between masculinity and violence with more depth than any book I've read in a very long time, and it does it by elaborating both the tender and brutal means that men who try to love other men employ to survive the violence they inherited and the violence they still possess. It is, in the best sense, a disturbing book for the simple reason that it speaks the truth -- Adam Haslett, author of <i>Imagine Me Gone</i> Garth Greenwell, whose first book is a masterpiece, amazingly has written a second book that is also a masterpiece. The great enterprise that Joyce and Lawrence began-to write with utter literal candor about sex, grounding one's moral life and philosophical insight in what that candor reveals about us-finds fulfillment, a late apotheosis, in Greenwell's work. Cleanness is the act of a master. -- Frank Bidart Cleanness is a impressive book: moving, radical, both beautiful and violent, unexpected. Garth Greenwell is a major writer, and his writing provides us tools to affirm ourselves, to exist - to fight -- Edouard Louis, author of <i>The End of Eddy.</i> Garth Greenwell is an intensely beautiful and gorgeous writer. I can think of no contemporary author who brings as much reality and honesty to the description of sex-locating in it the sublime, as well as our deepest degradations, our sweetness, confusion, and rage. Most American literature seems neutered by comparison. His perfect noticing extends to the way we experience love and loneliness, the feeling of exile, and the eternal search for home-wherever, or in whomever, that may be found. I am always recommending Garth Greenwell to everyone -- Sheila Heti, author of <i>Motherhood</i> Cleanness is stunning, provocatively revelatory and atmospherically profound. Here is love and sex as art, as pulse, as truth. -- Lisa Taddeo, author of <i>Three Women</i> An unbearably wonderful, eloquently sexual, thoughtful, emotional, delight of a novel - Garth Greenwell writes like no one else. -- Eimear McBride


In Cleanness, I found an end to a loneliness I didn't know how to describe until after I read this. Greenwell maps the worlds our language walls off - worlds of sex, love, shame and friendship, the foreign and the familiar- and with the crude tools we have been left to describe ourselves, he finds the sublime. There are visceral shocks of kinds I've never encountered in print, and they delighted me, again and again. With each plunge we take beneath the surface of life in these sentences, lost worlds and new ones move in and out of sight. This could only be the work of a master -- Alexander Chee, author of <i>The Queen of the Night</i> Cleanness reaches into the relationship between masculinity and violence with more depth than any book I've read in a very long time, and it does it by elaborating both the tender and brutal means that men who try to love other men employ to survive the violence they inherited and the violence they still possess. It is, in the best sense, a disturbing book for the simple reason that it speaks the truth -- Adam Haslett, author of <i>Imagine Me Gone</i>


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Garth Greenwell is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow. His novella Mitko won the 2010 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award.

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