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The Fermata (Paperback)

Author:  Nicholson Baker
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679759336
ISBN-13: 9780679759331
Sku: 30118922
Publish Date: 1/1/1995
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  320
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Arno Strine, a thirty-five-year-old office temp and aspiring writer at work on his autobiography, uses his power to stop time in order to remove womens clothes while they are suspended in his temporal warp. Reprint. 60,000 first printing. *Author: Baker, Nicholson *Publication Date: 1995/01/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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Having turned phone sex into the subject of an astonishing national bestseller in Vox, Baker now outdoes himself with an outrageously arousing, acrobatically stylish "X-rated sci-fi fantasy that leaves Vox seeming more like mere fiber-optic foreplay" (Seattle Times). "Sparkling."--San Francisco Chronicle.Having turned phone sex into the subject of an astonishing national bestseller in Vox, Baker now outdoes himself with an outrageously arousing, acrobatically stylish "X-rated sci-fi fantasy that leaves Vox seeming more like mere fiber-optic foreplay" (Seattle Times). "Sparkling."--San Francisco Chronicle.
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A science fiction-like fantasy in which the narrator's amazing ability to stop time gives him the opportunity to gratify his imagination in erotic and hilarious ways.Nicholson Baker's foray into highly eccentric quasi-pornography is a science fiction-like fantasy in which the narrator, a 35-year-old office temp named Arno Strine, has the amazing ability to stop the onward rush of time. This gives him the opportunity to gratify his imagination in erotic and hilarious ways, by undressing women not to have sex with them but merely to gratify himself and to appreciate them in their unclothed state. Strine, who learned to create "the fermata" (which in music means the holding of a note longer than is indicated by the composer) in fourth grade (when he undressed his teacher, the lovely Miss Dobzhansky) is kind-hearted and respectful, and the story of his erotic adventures is a typically witty, inventive, and hilarious Baker creation.
Author Bio
Nicholson Baker
Nicholson Baker attended Haverford College, studied bassoon at the Eastman School of Music, and worked as an office temp before he became a novelist and essayist. His novel VOX, which takes the form of a conversation between two anonymous partners on a phone-sex chat line, was thrust to the forefront of the cultural zeitgeist in 1998 when Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's office investigated whether the book was given by Monica Lewinsky to President Bill Clinton. Baker has become a passionate advocate for the conservation of original archival materials (particularly newspapers) by libraries, and has created the American Newspaper Repository as a storage site.

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Newsweek
"Wildly comic, deeply disturbing."

San Francisco Chronicle
"Imagine an X-rated Donald Barthelme."

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"'Hot' doesn't even begin to describe it." - Mary Gaitskill

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0320
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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