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The Flamethrowers

Rachel Kushner ✓ 0 Summary Summary Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Rachel Kushner The Flamethrowers Summary Å 100 Lie troppo ingombranti la fusione tra l'arte e la vita è la prospettiva più elettrizzante Reno trova lì la sua strada al sesso e all'a e trasforma la sua grande passione per le due ruote in un progetto artistico Ma sarà un viaggio in Italia a cambiarne per sempre l'esistenza Mentre incalzano le notizie di rapimenti e attentati e dilagano gli scioperi operai Reno si ritrov. There isn t much plot in this novel but it is a hell of storyBildungsroman of a young woman known as just Reno an art studies graduate in 1977 who dared to race her Moto Valera motorcycle at high speed velocities to create land art Land art was a traceless art created from leaving an almost invisible line in the road from surging speeds at over 110 mph Racing was drawing in time Literally and figurativelyThis era generated a seminal movement in New York where artistic expression in the subversive sect was animate inflamed ephemeral breathing a mix of temporal and performance art and the avant gardepunk scene This was also an age of conceptual art which grew out of minimalism and stressed the artist s concept rather than the object itself Time was the concept of Reno s art something to be acted upon You have time Meaning don t use it but pass through time in patience waiting for something to come Prepare for its arrival Don t rush to meet it Be a conduitI felt this to be true Some people might consider this passivity but I did not I considered it living The novel narrated by Reno is all about her observation and experiences as she comes of age in a revolutionary time She lives in a shabby run down hole in the wall in New York blank and empty as my new life with its layers upon layers of white paint like a plaster death mask over the two rooms giving them an ancient urban feeling As she gets caught up with the underground movement in the East Village called Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers and later with the Red Brigades of Rome Reno is herself a conduit for the people she meets and gets involved with such as her older rebellious boyfriend Sandro Valera son of the Fascist friendly mogul of Valera motorbikes Reno came to New York by way of Nevada eager to demonstrate her art through photography and motorbikes She s shopping for experience Sometime after a particularly moving one night stand and attempting to navigate her life and bridge her isolation and loneliness she meets sculptor Sandro Valera and his friends a group of radicals and artists who offer her exposure to working class insurrection in this mecca of individual points longings all merging into one great light pulsing mesh and you simply found your pulse your place Reno was looking for a sense of identity and she wanted enchantment Enchantment means to want something and also to know somewhere inside yourself not an obvious place that you aren t going to get it The bridge between life and art and Reno s invigorating speed of 148 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats where she went with her new friends to make land art demonstrates the crossover between gestures and reality and a liberating energy that was an acute case of the present tense Nothing mattered but the milliseconds of life at that speed On the one hand Reno seeks self sovereignty but on the other hand she inhabits a male dominated and often misogynistic landscape where men exploit women for artistic and political gain When she visits Sandro s family in Italy she is subjected to derision by Sandro s misanthropic brother and his sneering mother In another scene a male photographer asks women to punch themselves in the face until they are battered and then pose for him Reno narrates this with an unemotional but subtle raillery noting the incongruity of women on a pretense of independence She acutely observes that certain acts even as they are real are also merely gestures And in Rome the uestion of feminine mystiue versus male dominance is addressed by a Red Brigade revolutionary radio broadcaster when he states to women that Men connect you to the world but not with your own self Are women meant to speed past just a blur as Reno speculates And the I think about that line the paradox it evokesArtists dreamers terrorists comrades iconoclasts all populate this novel replete with iconic images and fallen debris in a swirl of electrical momentum New York and Rome aren t just scenic backdrops they come alive as provocateurs firebrand cities with flame throwing agitatorsKushner is a heavyweight writer a dense volatile and sensuous portraitist of the iconographic and the obscure Arch and decisive moments throughout the novel heighten the ominous tension that rumbles below the surface and the reader wholly inhabits the spaces of Reno s consciousness and those of the people she meets All you can do is involve yourself totally in your own life your own momentAnd when we feel pessimism crouching on our shoulder like a stinking vulturewe banish it we smother it with optimism We want and our want kills doom That is how we ll take the future and occupy it like an empty warehouse It s an act of love pure love It isn t prophecy It s hope

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Rachel Kushner ✓ 0 Summary Summary Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Rachel Kushner The Flamethrowers Summary Å 100 Manhattan 1977 Da poco giunta dal Nevada la giovane e bellissima Reno viene introdotta nel mondo artistico da Sandro Valera italiano la cui famiglia possiede una celebre fabbrica di moto e pneumatici e con cui presto allaccia una relazione In uesta New York in cui tutti paiono brillanti e inafferrabili in fuga da se stessi e da relazioni stabili dal proprio passato e da famig. The critic James Wood in his review for the New Yorker pin points it perfectlyRachel Kushner s second novel The Flamethrowers Scribner is scintillatingly alive and also alive to artifice It ripples with stories anecdotes set piece monologues crafty egotistical tall tales and hapless adventures Kushner is never not telling a story It is nominally a historical novel it s set in the mid seventies and I suppose also a realist one it works within the traditional grammar of verisimilitude But it manifests itself as a pure explosion of now it catches us in its mobile flashing present which is the living reality it conjures on the page at the moment we are readingAlive Rippling with stories Historical Realistic A pure explosion of nowWhat a vibrant electric ride this was A novel as wild as it is elegant zooming in and out of scenes so perfectly brought to life that they will shimmer in your memory for a long time A doe eyed inhabited wonderful female character who hungers for experience at every turn of the page and steals your heart in one swift move with her innocence and willingness to take it all in Because this is what this gorgeous novel does it takes it all in It brings to life visceral complicated ever shifting life every single theme and locale it touches upon the New York art scene in the 70 s the grittiness and primal energy of the Bowery of those years the coming of age tale that never resolves itself the radical left wing groups that terrorized Italy at the same period the beauty of motorcycles and the intoxication of speed throughout history from World War I to salt flats races in Nevada This is writing at its best It will swallow you up in one big gulp and spit you back out on the curb leaving you breathless and wondering what just happened to you

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Rachel Kushner ✓ 0 Summary Summary Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Rachel Kushner The Flamethrowers Summary Å 100 A dapprima immersa nella placida vita borghese della famiglia Valera in una villa sul lago di Como che trasuda nostalgie fasciste e poi all'improvviso proiettata nella Roma dei movimenti e delle manifestazioni coinvolta in eventi di cui le sfugge la portata I lanciafiamme è un'esplorazione intensa e coraggiosa dell'arte del femminino della menzogna e del radicalismo politico. Her Name is Reno and She Dances on the Hand Sometimes a cigar is only a cigar Sigmund FreudOur protagonist Reno hails from Reno Nevada She s in her early 20s loves motorcycles goes to NYC in 1975 with a nebulous plan to create art incorporating her need for speed not the drug She hangs out with a number of artsy narcisisstic tarts and farts each of whom loves to blow hot air After many vapid verbal volleys among these SoHo denizens our girl becomes involved and moves in with an Italian dude who is nearly 40 and heir to a tiremotorcycle empire in Italia They go to a nearly empty cinema where Tony Manera surreptitiously starts her dancing on his hand while they watch the film I tend to agree with an article I saw some time back lauding Ms Kushner for writing sex well Reading this scene is apt to make most readers hot and bothered They travel to Italy She briefly becomes entangled with a workers rights radical group in Rome After arriving back in NYC she hears a tragic auto history of her first NYC flame The novel was most interesting for its illustration of the pretentiousness of the movers players and hangers among the world of art which also brings up the novel s drawback too much for me high brow talk talk with a fusion of the esoteric and erotic which both titillates and etiolates


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    Summary Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Rachel Kushner [EBOOK/EPUB] (The Flamethrowers) Rachel Kushner ✓ 0 Summary I love the cinematic flow of this book with a young female lead character Reno who passes through life leaving few marks She is a recent art school graduate from Nevada who moves to New York in the late 70’s where she becomes immersed in the ferment of an art scene full of poseurs and prodigies think Andy War

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