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THE WINNER OF THE SLOW BICYCLE RACE: The Satirical Writings of Paul Krassner.

KRASSNER, Paul.

Verlag: Seven Stories, 1997., 1997
ISBN 10: 1888363444 / ISBN 13: 9781888363449
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Titel: THE WINNER OF THE SLOW BICYCLE RACE: The ...

Verlag: Seven Stories, 1997.

Erscheinungsdatum: 1997

Einband: Soft cover

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350 pages. Trade paperback. Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut. A collection of all of Krassner’s recent stories and his most famous work of earlier years. By the longtime publisher of ‘The Realist’. Buchnummer des Verkäufers A-176988

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Inhaltsangabe: The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race collects both Krassner's later stories, as well as his most famous satirical pieces from past years. Swiftian in intention and contemporary in subject matter, the book reveals Krassner to have the heart of a muckraker and the spirituality of a seeker after truth. In Krassner's world, Lyndon Johnson chuckles over the dead corpse of J.F.K., a psychiatrist hypnotically regresses a woman who shot her television set, and Nancy Reagan's "Just say no to drugs" becomes "If anybody tries to sell you an ounce of marijuana for $500, that's way too expensive, so just say no." Kneading fantasy into reality, Krassner ferrets out the higher truths that spotlight the absurdity all around.

Rezension: Satirist Paul Krassner has collected a number of his outrageous pieces in this exuberantly in- your-face collection. The longtime editor of The Realist, Krassner may be a self-proclaimed "psychedelic relic," but Kurt Vonnegut Jr., in the introduction to this collection, asserts that Krassner's writings are "emphatically not nostalgic, but raffishly responsive to the here and now." Puncturing pomposity wherever he finds it, Krassner joyously skewers those on the left as well as those on the right, and while his prose is often indelicate, it's also often hilarious. As Vonnegut notes, Krassner can make very serious matters seem ridiculous, and then his readers can decide for themselves what is serious and what isn't.

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