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Leaving the Atocha Station has ratings and reviews. Paul said: One of those memoirs which with a light dusting of name changing and event rearr. Leaving the Atocha Station [Ben Lerner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Adam Gordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American . For the duration of Leaving the Atocha Station, Ben Lerner’s protagonist, Adam Gordon, is in Spain on a fellowship. If anyone asks, he is writing.

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Or was he stocha a profound experience of art? He, if I can put it that way, had felt this as a child when they sent him to camp … He became aware of a strange taste in his mouth; his saliva belonged to someone else; it made him sick to swallow.

I absolutely adored this book. Luckily for us this insecurity and immaturity was described with such a mature voice.

Authenticity and plurality in Leaving the Atocha Station

I think a key insight of Atocha is to connect the problem of authenticity and self-awareness to the notion of plurality of possibility, in everything, but in particular within language. I really don’t know why it came so highly recommended. Oh, and this it also a very entertaining read. Lerner is embraced ever more tightly by a connected community of Spanish artists and writers who never manage to confront him with anything beyond unqualified praise and acceptance, meets a few women who he intermittently covets but cannot transcend the limitations of his contrivance.

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No quiero ser cruel y votar con una estrella, en parte porque gracias a esta novela he descubierto a Ashbery. An excellent debut from Lerner.

Many critics seemed to think this book was an astute look at the artist’s connection to art, but actually he had little to say on it. Is this dilemma the true condition of contemporary literature?


Too much meditation about the nature and meaning of art. Lerner is also a poet and has also spent time in Spain on a fellowship. I’m saddened by what it tells us about the establishment that defines what is literature and then pronounces judgment on it.

Lerner negotiates the moves between precise economical description I woke up, took a shower, took a white pill, got dressed, etc I feel that the novel is describing me. Books by Ben Lerner. He could feel the paper gown against his skin.

And then there are those rudderless bastards who have no real sense of what happened, who faked compliance with parental and then social definitions of success without ever fully investing and were rewa There are obvious winners in a meritocratic system – there are the chosen ones blessed with enough genetic and generational advantages to be comfortably pre-positioned over all competitors.

On entering room 57, which was empty save for a lanky and sleepy guard, the man walked right up to the small votive image of Christ attributed to San Leocadio: Well wrought meditations on aesthetics and the creative process wrapped inside a character driven narrative.

It has language strange to the novel setting but welcome and is a book I wish I had written for its sentiments about Americans. Sembra che nulla si concretizzi mai, che tutto rimanga come sospeso, ma riesce lo stesso ad avere la forza di stordirti.

That being said, the book feels honest; maybe that’s just me speaking as an ironically conflicted twenty-something writer writing a review about a book about a twenty-something ironically conflicted twenty-something writer but that’s the only perspective I’ve got to work with, okay? It was usually warm enough to sleep outside. I loved this book and strongly recommend it to anyone who loves language and is interested in the intersection of art and reality and the difficulty of living authentically.

In fact, his paranoia and insecurity he suffers from acute imposter syndrome actually made me feel better about my own. This book is a sort of, choose life!

While the issues he brings up on creativity and art are meaningful, he presented himself as so thoughtless and shallow that I couldn’t take it seriously. This paradox “embodying the virtual” leads him to conclude that This book has two good things going for it: She began to say something either about the moon, the effect of the moon on the water, or was using the full moon to excuse Miguel or the evening’s general drama, though the moon wasn’t full.


Shades of Bernhard’s “Old Masters” only at firstmaybe a little bit of “The Stranger” my initial thought bubbles re: Perhaps I was missing a layer of irony, but I almost immediately lost patience with and sympathy for the narrator, Adam Gordon — a pampered pseudo-poet who is wasting a prestigious fellowship smoking dope and lying to everyone he meets during his aimless wanderings through various substrates of Madrid’s intellectual society.

Lists with This Book. If coming of age can be applied to a post-college living abroad as a privileged poet sort of story line. He weeps some more. Or is it just that young writers self-consciously choose to don overwrought armors to battle, which would, should they fall flat on their backs, prevent them from getting up? Create a character who has a lot of the same life plot points and make him insecure and a little awful.

Ashbery called Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station “[a]n extraordinary novel about the intersections of art and reality in contemporary life. This is how he spends all day every day, with the inclusion of Arturo and Teresa, artsy friends he meets who immediately champion his work as a poet, and Isabel, a love interest who he seems to fall harder for when he realizes he has competition.