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Glamorama, Engl. ed. (Roman) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Bret Easton Ellis
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10. Dezember 1999 Roman
Victor Ward, Model und Nightlife-Profi, lebt in der modebesessenen und prominenzgeilen Welt Manhattans. Er eröffnet einen eigenen Szene-Club. Er hat ein Supermodel als Freundin und betrügt sie. Wie alle im Schatten der Stars kämpft er um Geld, Macht und Ruhm. Und zunehmend gerät er in den Sog der düsteren Seite dieser Hochglanzwelt, die eng vernetzt ist mit Verbrechen und Gewalt. Ein mysteriöser Auftrag führt ihn nach London und Paris, wo er Kontakt zu einer terroristischen Vereinigung aufnimmt, die - angeführt von einem Model - Hotels in die Luft jagt und Flugzeuge sprengt. Ob in Manhattan oder in Europa, Victor weiß, daß er in der Falle sitzt, und Fluchtwege gibt es nicht.
Seit "Unter Null" und "American Psycho" gehört Bret Easton Ellis zu den originellsten und provozierendsten Autoren der amerikanischen Gegenwartsliteratur. "Glamorama" - realistisch und surreal zugleich - beweist das erneut.

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  • Taschenbuch: 496 Seiten
  • Verlag: MacMillan; Auflage: New edition (10. Dezember 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0330372092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330372091
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,6 x 12,9 x 3,4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (190 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 385.180 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Bret Easton Ellis, geboren 1964 in einem Vorort von Los Angeles, wohnhaft in New York City, gilt als einer der kontroversesten, aber auch sprachgewaltigsten jungen Autoren seiner Generation. Mit 19 schrieb er seinen Debütroman, einen schonungslosen Zustandsbericht über das dekadente aber orientierungslose Leben der Yuppies in den 80ern, der 1996 erfolgreich verfilmt wurde. 1987 erschien sein zweiter Roman bevor er 1991 endgültig zum Kultautor aufstieg.


Glamorama is a satirical mass-murder opus more ambitious than Ellis's 1990 American Psycho. It starts as a spritz-of-consciousness romp about kid-club entrepreneur Victor Ward, "the It boy of the moment," an actor/model up for Flatliners II. Ellis has perfect pitch for glam-speak, and he gives nightlife the fizz, pace, and shimmer it lacks in drab reality. Anyone could cite the right celeb names and tunes; but like a rock-polishing machine, his prose gives literary sheen to fame-chasing air-kissers. He's coldly funny: when Victor's girl tries to argue him out of a break up, she angrily snorts six bumps of coke, stops, mutters, "Wrong vial," snorts four corrective doses from whatever she has in her other fist, then objects to a rival at the party wearing the same dress she's wearing.

You had to be there; Ellis makes you feel you are. But such satire is a very smart bomb targeting a very large barn. Models' status anxiety doesn't merit Ellis's Tom Wolfe-esque expertise. Glamorama gets better when Victor gets drafted into a mysterious group of model/terrorists who bomb 747s and the Ritz in Paris, wearing Kevlar-lined Armani suits. Oh, they still behave like shallow snobs, pronouncing "cool" as if it had 12 "o"s, but now when somebody swills Cristal, it's apt to be poisoned, to horrific effect, which Ellis expertly describes. His enfant-terrible debut Less Than Zero aped Joan Didion. Now Ellis has grown into a lesser Don DeLillo--and that's high praise. --Tim Appelo -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


“Arguably the novel of the 1990’s … Glamorama should establish Ellis as the most ambitious and fearless writer of his generation…. It is perfectly of out time … a must read.” —The Settle Times
“Impeccable… cold and pitiless and modern.… [Ellis] captures a cultural moment of racial dandyhood, where distinctions of sexuality seem less important that whether you look like a model and wear Prada.” —The Village Voice
“Compelling and scary. A political thriller bursting with conspiracies, double agents and international terrorism. Glamorama is like a Semtex attack on our superficialities.” —The Face

"Ellis is fast becoming a writer of real American genius.” —GQ

"His best work to date.... He remains a laser-precise satirist but the wit now dominates.” —Esquire

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5.0 von 5 Sternen You spin me right round, baby, right round... 30. August 2005
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Glamorama is a really remarkable novel in more than one way, and I enjoyed reading the other reviews, because they add to my understanding and perspective, still.

Whether you see it as a "deep study about shallowness" or find it shallow in dealing with serious problems, you might be right, depending on what you personally expect from literature.

For me, it was fun to read, it was irritating and the use of language intrigued me.

I like the the irritation of perception, and I cannot see any use in criticising the author for a book that is not written to morally "better" its readers. Thankfully this attitude has changed somewhat from the time when e.g. American Psycho was released; it must have been a horrible thing to be called a psycho killer, just because you wrote about one in 1rst person narrative.

Victor -as a representative of the "modern" lost man/boy- is basically an "immoral" ,- I am not saying that he is *bad*- character in a corresponding environment. He reacts to moral dilemmas in a reflex-kind of way: he doesn't really FEEL it.
As a consequence, everything he does, he does half-heartedly.

Someone said the book starts where American Psycho ended. I don't know if it is true, but it is an interesting point of view: Patrick Bateman is actively "evil", he kills people because he can. Victor Ward is totally passive, he is portrayed to be dumb, naïve, hostage to his superficial needs.

Things happen to him, he only adds to "the plot" through going along, being indecisive, cowardish, on drugs, etc.
Both, Bateman and Ward, show a complete lack of morals, but Victor seems to vaguely miss them. Victor is totally (he'd probably say) "gamma-ish" in his emotional development, like everybody in his world.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "There was no time... 21. Juli 2000
when you nor I nor these kings did not exist." I wonder how many people caught that. I'm not sure if Ellis did himself.
It seems that Ellis is divided between being astute chronicler and outraged moralizer. His analytical, indifferent mind and sensitive bleeding heart are in conflict. In the end, I believe he chooses to be the moralist. And that's a disappointment. Because he's well aware that what he's writing about is NOT novel. Our society is not "sliding down the surface of things" into a cess pool of sex, violence, drugs, and celebrity worship. We've always been in that cess pool from day one.
But at times, he seems to be aware of all the implications of what he writes, including the implication of his own place in all of this:
"'But Bobby I'm not...political,' I blurt out vaguely.
'Everyone is, Victor,' Bobby says, turning away again. 'It's something you can't help.'...
...'We're killing civilians,' I whisper.
'Twenty-five thousand homicides were committed in our country last year, Victor.'
'But...I didn't commit any of them, Bobby'
Bobby smiles patiently, making his way back to where I'm sitting. I look at him hopefully.
'Is it so much better to be uninvolved, Victor?'
'Yes,' I whisper. 'I think it is.'
'Everyone's involved,' he whispers back. 'That's something you need to know.'" (p.315)
Everyone's involved. And that's something you need to know. There is no high perch where we can look down upon all that we find morally repulsive and criticize it without indicting ourselves. That's the way it is. And any moralizing is just contained within it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Use your brain 21. Januar 2003
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Well I am actually more a "mainstream reader" but this is a real masterpiece which makes you think about your own existence and its purpose.
Follow the anti-hero Victor an almost celebrity into a crazy world of models, drugs, sex and crime and discover the real values of mankind after a long and hard struggle. But don't expect a happy end.
I first thought it strange but then I got hooked and suffered with Victor. I highly recommend this book even if you are not so much into modern literature. It's worth a try.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Nice bounce, no cigar 30. Juli 1999
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I just finished "Glamorama" a couple of days ago, and I'm still debating to which side of the debate raging here and elsewhere I should lean - is it utter drivel or a work of genius? There are plenty of arguments for either: yes, it often seems like a luke-warm rehash of "American Psycho" - there's the deluded, shallow, drugged-up, and possibly schizophrenic protagonist, there are the acts of unspeakable horror perpetrated by the least likely candidates, and so on. Yes, the graphic sex and violence seem completely gratuitous on occasion as they neither serve the advance of the plot nor to drive home a defined moral point, as is the case in other Ellis novels. And yes, the recurring themes (the cold, the physical numbness, the smell of sh**, the confetti, the camera crews) somehow fail to be satisfactorily resolved. And any book published this close to 2000 will bear the dreaded "millenial angst" stigma.
On the other hand, Ellis has retained his mastery of microscopic analysis and his grim sense of satire, and consequently pursues both with little regard for the subject matter at hand (and little mercy for the reader) - be it a party or a torture scene. And just as Victor might quite possibly be very deliberately deluding his environment as to his real role and personality, the narrative itself might be deliberately confusing, echoing the insanity of a society obsessed with vacuity, glamour, sex, drugs (mostly prescription, oddly enough) and violence. The message is clear - keep watching MTV, buy cool stuff, party on, but don't be surprised if you get your a** blown off in the process, baby, because the surreal is what's real...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A very different yet inspiring author!
I recently went on vacation and read all books by Bret Easton Ellis and the connections he draws and the personalities he creates are catching and so grounded, it's hard to put... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 10 Monaten von SK veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Must it really be that overdone?
The last thing I expected after the first pages was an ex-supermodel world conspiracy with its moles, deceptions and killings. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2002 von Markus Isch
4.0 von 5 Sternen more ambitious
After reading some of the reviews on this page I very much doubt this book has found the audience it deserves. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. August 2001 von Christian Strowa
4.0 von 5 Sternen kein American Psycho, aber dennoch kurzweilig
nach american psycho, das mich einige urlaubstage lang wirklich gefesselt hat, war ich dann doch gespannt auch das nächste B.E.Ellis- Buch. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 19. April 2001 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Schön zu lesen
Das Buch ist nicht ganz so krass wie American Psycho aber nicht viel schlechter ! Ich habe Seite für Seite genossen und kann denn Titel nur empfehlen !!
Veröffentlicht am 27. Juli 2000 von
3.0 von 5 Sternen High expectations will lead to disappointment.
After reading American Psycho and The rules of attraction I considered myself somewhat of a BEE fan and eagerly anticipated reading Glamorama. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Juli 2000 von Melissa Thompson
4.0 von 5 Sternen The sad story of Bush Junior
This book explains how now Candidate Bush came from being a nasty, drunken and wasted Daddy's boy to being the succesful, energetic self he is now. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. Juli 2000 von "alesclandre"
1.0 von 5 Sternen The latest version of the single Bret Easton Ellis novel.
Bret Easton Ellis has done a remarkable job of selling the same book again and again and again, and "Glamorama" is the latest incarnation of his single story. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 30. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful People in a Really Bad Book
The only thing vaguely interesting about this book is that it takes place around beautiful and famous people. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Juni 2000 von Corry Prohens
4.0 von 5 Sternen Confusing, but Enjoyable
Glamorama, Bret Easton Ellis' latest book was, to me, very entertaining and interesting. At times, I was so confused, I backtracked to see if I had missed anything, but the plot... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. Juni 2000 von mary
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