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"… dark and provocative … deWitt has painted a portrait of the human condition … And ABLUTIONS has achieved something remarkable." --The New York Times Book Review

"… deWitt's writing is sharp and bitter and funny … " --Los Angeles Times

"DeWitt's dirty realism makes me want to roll in the mud with him. Brilliant." --Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan

"Viciously hilarious … deWitt’s portrayal of the drinking life is staunchly unromantic." -- Time Out New York (Five stars; Book of the day)

"These scenes are stunningly depicted … deWitt writes beautifully about ugliness, and his book casts a haunting spell." -- Booklist

"DeWitt's style of prose is refreshing and more like real life speak than most books, without losing the necessary descriptiveness to relay the feel and pure nuttiness of the situation inside the Hollywood bar where the scenes are set." --

"Ablutions is like an intense art-house movie, where the lead actor is in every scene but makes the whole thing sparkle with his star power." -- The Oregonian

"Ablutions is funny and precarious, a novel that shifts the ground under the reader's feet, a naked-lightbulb self-examination that doesn't shy from high comedy. DeWitt has a gimlet eye and a dead aim with words."-- Luc Sante, author of Low Life

"Patrick deWitt's writing is deeply charismatic -- a coiled ramble of note perfect sentences, mysterious and burbling declarative tones, the saddest humor imaginable, and the strange physical proportions of a magician's top hat. I was equally taken aback by the needling brilliance that surfaces at its every turn and riveted by the brains and heart it must have taken to finesse such a clearly broken down yet perfectly clear and penetrating world. I love this novel very much." -- Dennis Cooper

“Patrick deWitt is the 21st century poet of Hollywood's desperate souls, the misbegotten, broken, and the lost. He writes with a fierce compassion about people treading the vague boundary between homicide and self-destruction, loveless sex and sexless love, all lined up and looking into our own culturally shared abyss. Beware, beware. But read Ablutions.” --Chris Offutt, author of No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home

"Ablutions is a novel about the deteriorating health of our livers and the malaise of our dreams. Perverse in its humor, but ultimately about our potential for redemption, it's riotously funny and cripplingly sad all at the same time. Patrick DeWitt takes on our diseases and depravity with prose that may yet rescue us from the gutter." -- Salvador Plascencia, author of The People of Paper


“A hypnotic cross between Lorrie Moore and Denis Johnson.”—Seattle Weekly

“Something truly fresh, something that gave me a reading experience as shivery and enlivening as I’ve had in a long time.”—Dennis Cooper, author of Closer, The Sluts, and God Jr.


A nameless barman tends a decaying bar in Hollywood and takes notes for a book about his clientele. Initially, he is morbidly amused by watching the regulars roll in and fall into their nightly oblivion, pitying them and their loneliness. In hopes of uncovering their secrets and motives, he establishes tentative friendships with them. He also knocks back pills indiscriminately and treats himself to gallons of Jameson's. But as his tenure at the bar continues, he begins to lose himself, trapped by addiction and indecision. When his wife leaves him, he embarks on a series of squalidly random sexual encounters and a downward spiral of self-damage and irrational violence. To cleanse himself and save his soul, he attempts to escape ...


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 417 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 173 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0151014981
  • Verlag: Granta Books (27. Oktober 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B006FYX9SK
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen 2 Kundenrezensionen
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Von Alfred J. Kwak am 14. Oktober 2011
Format: Taschenbuch
An old bar for Hollywood's losers forms the stage for this novel. A nameless, devilish scribbler/bar tender keeps a diary about the sorry state of the mental and physical health of its regulars and of himself. The bar is unlike the one featured in a successful and much-repeated TV-series with the same name as this review's title. The recorder uses the rarely-used second person style ("You see Jack coming in and hope he... ") and the accusative ("Discuss Brent, the unhappy doorman, who..."). He orders himself to note down what he sees and does in order to write, once he is sober, a real novel. As a notebook "Ablutions" is a true masterpiece.

It chronicles the sorry life of the bar's clients as seen by this married, tall and skinny white man who serves as a bar back. During his six-year career he has begun to hallucinate, but always manages to drive home drunk in his ancient, magical Ford under the radar of the police. His drink of choice is Jameson's.

The inside of his mouth bleeds sometimes, he has lost dental chips and once an entire molar while talking to the bar owner's wife (he swallowed it). Apart from indulging in Irish whiskey, he uses speed and has blind faith in the healing powers of massive doses of aspirin. As a married alcoholic, he is an expert in silent early-morning vomiting.

When did this book take place? Sometime during the GW Bush era. The earning model of this bar is intriguing. No limits on drinking for staff? Lots of free drinks for awful regulars? Doormen with a clientele of lowlifes? And the price of drinks is awesome... Live and learn about America.

"Ablutions" is a short, but eminently re-readable novel. It contains lots of self-inflicted and suddenly-occurring bits of drama, some quite ugly and repellent. It has a surprise ending. And there is another PdW novel out called "The Sister Brothers". Hope the brothers are less repellent and the book more convincing.
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Von Cem Uran am 22. Februar 2013
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Ich finde es wirklich gut. Es hat ein bisschen von schwarzem Humor und ist sehr ergreifend, ein intelligenter Autor, erinnert mich an Coen-Brothers. Ich empfehle auch seinem anderen Buch, Sisters Brothers!
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