The Flamethrowers (Hardback)
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The Flamethrowers (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 06/06/2013
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This is the New York Times Top 10 Books of the Year. It is the Guardian Best Books of the Year. It is shortlisted for the National Book Awards. The year is 1977 and Reno - so called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world - artists have colonised a deserted and industrial SoHo, are squatting in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts. She begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged heir of an Italian tyre and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro's family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in 1977. Betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow. The Flamethrowers is a fearless novel, an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake the terrorist. In the centre of it all is Kushner's brilliantly realised protagonist, a young woman on the verge.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781846557910

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“a matter of balance”

I absolutely loved the pages in which main character Reno shares her love for speeding with us. I wouldn’t have believed that a description of motor racing or skiing could be this poetic. This is for a large part due... More

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This is one of those books that makes you feel pretty darn cool. It's about art, political revolution, social mobility, New York, brooding Italians and coming of age. Meticulously detailed and utterly absorbing,... More

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