Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner

By Ben Lerner

Adam Gordon is an excellent, if hugely unreliable, younger American poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid, suffering to set up his feel of self and his dating to paintings. what's genuine while our stories are mediated through language, expertise, medicine, and the humanities? Is poetry a necessary paintings shape, or in simple terms a reveal for the reader's projections? rather than following the dictates of his fellowship, Adam's "research" turns into a meditation at the threat of the true within the arts and past: are his relationships with the folk he meets in Spain as fraudulent as he fears his poems are? A witness to the 2004 Madrid educate bombings and their aftermath, does he perform old occasions or basically watch them move him by?

In prose that veers among the comedian and tragic, the self-contemptuous and the encouraged, Leaving the Atocha Station is a portrait of the artist as a tender guy in an age of Google searches, prescribed drugs, and spectacle.

Born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1979, Ben Lerner is the writer of 3 books of poetry The Lichtenberg Figures, attitude of Yaw, and suggest loose direction. He has been a finalist for the nationwide publication Award and the Northern California e-book Award, a Fulbright pupil in Spain, and the recipient of a 2010-2011 Howard starting place Fellowship. In 2011 he grew to become the 1st American to win the Preis der Stadt Münster für Internationale Poesie. Leaving the Atocha Station is his first novel.

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