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Et Tu, Babe (Vintage Contemporaries) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Leyner
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this fiendishly original new novel, Mark Leyner is a leather-blazer-wearing, Piranha 793-driving, narcotic-guzzling monster who has potential rivals eliminated by his bionically enhanced bodyguards, has his internal organs tattooed, and eavesdrops on the erotic fantasies of Victoria's Secret models -- which naturally revolve around him.

Leyner's jet-propelled roller derby through the cultures of celebrity, cyberpunk, and rabid egotism is exhilaratingly bizarre, exhaustingly funny -- and you'd better hope it's just fiction.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This uneven but often hilarious satire is based on the premise that the great success of the author's first novel and his irresistible, steroid-enhanced physique have catapulted him to intergalactic stardom. (Sept.) A reissue of Leyner's My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist is also due in September from Vintage ($10 *-74579-3 ).
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Leyner's brilliantly discontinuous humor...begs to be read aloud to friends and strangers alike -- if only you could figure out where to stop." -- Village Voice

"Leyner is a twisted wizard, a genre-busting virtuoso, working at the outer edge of narrative convention." -- Jay McInerney

"Leyner is an original and immensely amusing writer as well as a provocative social critic." -- Washington Post Book World

Product Details

  • File Size: 357 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (July 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00570A1IE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Resides someplace between Middlemarch and MTV September 26, 2001
Mark Leyner should consider himself extremely fortunate. Few writers have been able to write completely self-indulgent anecdotal quasi-fiction which draws equally from their own lives and from the pop culture universe of celebrities and the media, swirl it all together in a dizzying and fragmented amalgam of anti-linear narrative vignettes and-here's where Leyner is unique, and damn lucky-actually sell books. I have no doubt there are plenty of writers out there who have done all of the above, with the possible exception of actually making a name for themselves in the commercial publishing world, as Leyner has.

Reading Et Tu, Babe, I was almost instantly reminded of two other writers: Richard Brautigan and, oddly enough, humor columnist Dave Barry. Indeed, Leyner's work often reads like a humorous essay, segmented into brief two- or three-page chapters and averaging about three or more punchlines per paragraph. Leyner has likened his readings to stand-up comedy and feels the skills and goals of his readings are the same as those of a stand-up performance. Perhaps even more notable than his frenetic storytelling style is his dissolution of whatever boundaries might exist between so-called fiction and his-or our-reality.

Leyner makes no effort to distinguish his autobiographical reality from the fictional surreality he creates in Et Tu, Babe. For Leyner, the motive behind appearing in his own story is the story itself: this is a book about celebrity and megalomania, and so Leyner really has no choice but to cast himself as the book's protagonist. He's not about to sit down with the reader and help him or her figure out where real life ends and fiction begins. In fact, he doesn't really seem to care where that boundary lies, if it exists at all.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Leyner has Lost His Mind November 12, 1996
By A Customer
"Can I help you?"

"Yes," she said. "There's a new album out, I'm not sure what the name of it is... but it's the sound of two men lifting tremendous weights. I wish I could remember the name of it... oh, I was just talking to someone about it."
--from "Et Tu, Babe"

If you were insulted by this paragraph, Mark Leyner isn't for you. If you sat there going, "what is going on here?"... Mark Leyner isn't for you.

If you wondered whether the weights are Nautilus or barbell, Mark Leyner is for you. The premise of the book is essentially that Mark Leyner has gone completely insane after the sales of his last, resoundingly popular volume. He's assembled a crack marketing team (1-900-T-Leyner) to promote his heavily-armed book tours. He practices self surgery. He has a book of nude photographs of himself, taken with a defense spy sattelite. And he gets a tatoo in radioactive ink on his internal organs to impress xray technicians.
If it is to be said that this book has a plot, the plot is this: Mark Leyner is avoiding the FBI after stealing a vial of Abraham Lincoln's morning breath.

You now know all you need to buy this book. In fact, you probably already know whether it'll be dog-eared and read fanatically to your friends (mine is) or put it on the 'eventually pile.

(c) 1996 Danyel Fishe
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not his best December 20, 1998
By A Customer
I first came across Mark Leyner by way of his most recent composition, The Tetherballs of Bougainville. Having devoured it faster than any book I have ever read I craved more. I picked up Et Tu, Babe and had high expectations. Expectations that were mostly rewarded but where Tetherballs flys this one just drives really fast. I found myself getting a little bored with Et Tu in parts. It was relentlessly manic in a way that made it become tiring in parts. Don't get me wrong, this was a very funny book, it's just that while Tetherballs repeatedly extracted convulsive fits somewhere beyond laughter out of my body, Et Tu only made me laugh out loud. I recommend reading this one before Tetherballs for this reason. I plan to read My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist next. (By the way, while it is not very similar in style or content the last most hilarious book I read was Conspiracy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, I highly recommend it for those with a taste for the eccentric and a love of dark humour a la Leyner or Hunter S. Thompson)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I were trapped on a desert island... October 27, 1999
By john
Okay, so one day I was mulling over the question "If you were trapped on a desert island and could have only one movie, one album and one book, what would they be?" Without much thought I declared, "Movie: 'Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.' Album 'The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to The Ketchup and Mustard Man' by the Billy Nayer Show. Book: 'Et Tu Babe' by Mark Leyner. Then I'd spend the rest of my life chuckling maniacally and eating coconuts." It took me about 8 years to find this book. Sometime back in my adolescence, I ran across the "Visceral tattooing" portion of "Et Tu Babe" excerpted in "Harpers." Thinking it was pretty funny, I clipped it out and thought I should buy the book. Being the spacy teen that I was, I lost the clipping and promptly forgot the name of the book and the author. Fast forward eight years and someone sends me Leyner's "Tooth Imprints on a Corndog." My immediate reaction was to jump up onto my sofa and shout "This is the guy! THE GUY!!!" I promptly bought everything he ever wrote. Words cannot express the love. After the first time I read "Et Tu Babe," I couldn't stop going back and rereading portions of it. I was pulling it back off my shelf every day. People would call me on the phone and I'd say "Wait a sec...let me read you something." and then I'd become unintelligable with laughter attempting to read them some excerpt. Finally I lent my copy to a friend and found myself lost--tortured!--without it. So I bought another copy. I lent that one out. Then I bought another copy... I now have a STACK of copies of "Et Tu Babe" so that I can do my part to "seed the world with Team Leyner thought. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for children but hysterical
Mark leyner is the best writer in all of history. Psuedo-disorienting (and intentionally so), wildly vulgar, hilarious, and overall genius. Will read again for sure.
Published 11 months ago by Joél Velez
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books ever
If you are into the absurd and relatively profane, no holds barred, no bars held, then this short story collection is for you. Laugh out loud funny.
Published 13 months ago by David D. Katzman
5.0 out of 5 stars Another boffo hit!
He is just a very enjoyable read. I never really know what's going on but I love the voyage through the pages. This is my second book by the author.
Published 14 months ago by schrivner
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah!! Great Leyner stuff here. What we've grown to expect, and marvel at! A new book on the block that you should check out is: Howie Weener Unclogged: A colonic noir... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Comedy Snob
1.0 out of 5 stars Oy
Never has an author who is not David Foster Wallace so desperately wished to be, or be confused with, David Foster Wallace. "Look at me! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Librum
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, funny, wildly inventive.
Read it! Superb.

Amazon reviews is telling me I need 10 -- no -- 6 -- no -- 2 more words until I can submit this, which frankly feels like I'm a book reviewer in the... Read more
Published 24 months ago by James Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 Books That Made Me the Writer I Am Today (#19 of 30)
For those of us not ashamed to admit our "hipsterness" on the campus of Univ. of Chicago in early '90s, in the mostly-unknown-to-us looming shadow of the on-campus journal "The... Read more
Published on December 17, 2012 by Crabby McGrouchpants
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for Re Re Reading
Leyner's books are tough. They're funny and dense. I know a lot of my writer friends love this book, but I'm not so sure about it. I'm more of a music guy. Read more
Published on April 23, 2012 by Clayton Phipps
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Who wants to spend time reading about how much gold someone wears and other trashy indulgences. It was not interesting to me in content and the egotistical self indulged tone... Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by Ducky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and shipping
Book was awesome! Really weird but great. Shipping was extremely quick. I didn't expect it for another day or so. Very happy.
Published on June 14, 2011 by Andrew
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