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Title: Leaving the Atocha Station

Author: Ben Lerner

Price: $10.00

ISBN: 9781847086914

Publisher: Granta Books

Year published: 2013

Paperback or Hardcover: Paperback

Condition: Very good condition

Leaving the Atocha Station

  • Adam Gordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid, struggling to establish his sense of self and his relationship to art.

    What is actual when our experiences are mediated by language, technology, medication, and the arts? Is poetry an essential art form, or merely a screen for the reader's projections? Instead of following the dictates of his fellowship, Adam’s “research” becomes a meditation on the possibility of the genuine in the arts and beyond: are his relationships with the people he meets in Spain as fraudulent as he fears his poems are? A witness to the 2004 Madrid train bombings and their aftermath, does he participate in historic events or merely watch them pass him by?

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