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Jack

American Letters

Published by Diogenes as Jack
English Title: American Letters

The new novel by Anthony McCarten, the master storyteller of fascinating changes of identity, is a tale of false and real heroes and about the challenge of tolerating doubts in oneself.

He is a shadow of his former self, drinking himself to death in Florida: Jack Kerouac, the beatnik idol who once cannibalized his friend Neal Cassady’s life to make the cult novel On the Road. One day a student of literature knocks on his door out of the blue. Her dream is to write down his life story, to be his first biographer. Jack refuses and yet he lets Jan’s admiration seduce him into looking back. A trip from which no one comes back unharmed. How much of our life is really our own and how much is only borrowed, emulated?

»Reading Kerouac taught me how to write. I knew his angels and demons. He is the hero of American Letters: a story that seeks to ask ›Who am I?‹, or perhaps even ›Who is anyone?‹.«
Anthony McCarten


General Fiction
256 pages
2018

978-3-257-06856-6

World rights are handled by Diogenes
except English

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»An exhilarating portrait of a delicate character.«

Thomas Merten / Geo Saison, Hamburg

»A nimble could-have-been-this-way-novel and wild history lesson in one. Not just for Kerouac fans!«

Christine Ritzenhoff / Emotion, Hamburg

»A game of identities and a great homage to the erstwhile idol of the worldwide hippie movement, written in a sensuous voice that you can’t get enough of.«

Manuela Haselberger / Bücher Magazin, Kiel

»In this artfully composed text McCarten leads the reader up and down the garden path.«

Sebastian Hetheier / Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Essen

»An exhilarating portrait of a delicate character.«

Thomas Merten / Geo Saison, Hamburg

»A nimble could-have-been-this-way-novel and wild history lesson in one. Not just for Kerouac fans!«

Christine Ritzenhoff / Emotion, Hamburg

»A game of identities and a great homage to the erstwhile idol of the worldwide hippie movement, written in a sensuous voice that you can’t get enough of.«

Manuela Haselberger / Bücher Magazin, Kiel

»In this artfully composed text McCarten leads the reader up and down the garden path.«

Sebastian Hetheier / Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Essen
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