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Bech at Bay: A Quasi-Novel (Quasi-Novels)
Bech at Bay: A Quasi-Novel (Quasi-Novels) John Updike 037540368X 9780375403682 Henry Bech, the moderately well known Jewish-American writer who served as the hero of John Updikes previousBech: A Book(1970) andBech Is Back(1982), has become older but
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Bech at Bay: A Quasi-Novel (Quasi-Novels) by John Updike

Henry Bech, the moderately well known Jewish-American writer who served as the hero of John Updikes previousBech: A Book(1970) andBech Is Back(1982), has become older but scarcely wiser. In these five new chapters from his life, he is still at bay, pursued by the hounds of desire and anxiety, of unbridled criticism and publicity in a literary world ever more cheerfully crass. He fights intimations of annihilation in still-Communist Czechoslovakia, while promiscuously consorting with dissidents, apparatchiks, and Midwestern Republicans. Next, he succumbs to the temptations of power by accepting the presidency of a quaint and cosseted honorary body patterned on the Acadmie Franaise. Then, the reader finds him on trial in California and on a criminal rampage in a gothic Gotham, abetted by a nubile sidekick called Robin. Lastly, our septuagenarian veteran of the literary wars is rewarded with a coveted medal, stunning him into a well-deserved silence. Its not easy being Henry Bech in the post-Gutenbergian world, but somebody has to do it, and he brings to the task an indomitable mixture of grit and ennui.

Author: John Updike

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 241

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Date: 1998-10-13

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John Updike (Edition: 1st) Hardcover