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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593762453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593762452
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,272,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Mansbach's new novel, Rage is Back (Viking) has been named an Amazon.com Best Book of the Month for January 2013, and a Barnes & Noble Best Book. The Washington Post says "Mansbach has clearly had a play date with Michael Chabon and Junot Diaz, and his fresh, witty novel is one that hip readers will relish," and adds that "There's no resisting [narrator] Dondi, 'a nerd with swagger,' as he riffs on everything from Madison Avenue to yuppies' racial anxiety ," and the San Francisco Chronicle writes that "Rage Is Back does for graffiti what Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay did for comic books. Dondi mashes up disparate linguistic registers with an effortlessness that brings to mind Junot Díaz's perennial narrator, Junior. The ideal interpreter for this journey, he is equally comfortable holding forth on the history of graffiti style, explaining the "tripartite drug economy" of Fort Greene or (like many a smart high school student), bringing it all back to Homer, Plato and The Great Gatsby. ...but beneath all the weed and spray paint, it's a warmhearted story about a son searching for his father and for himself, a trip through the past and present of an American art form that fits surprisingly well within the confines of the novel."

Mansbach's previous book, Go the F*ck to Sleep is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and one of the most talked-about books of the decade. A viral sensation that shot to #1 on Amazon.com months before the book was even available, it has been published in forty languages, and is forthcoming as a feature film from Fox 2000. Mansbach also wrote"Wake the F*ck Up," a pro-Obama video starring Samuel L. Jackson that has been described by many as the greatest political ad of all time. Released online on September 27, 2012, it received 5 million views in its first week.

Mansbach's 2008 novel, The End of the Jews, won the California Book Award and was long-listed for the IMPAC-Dublin Prize. His previous novel, Angry Black White Boy, or The Miscegenation of Macon Detornay, was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005; it is taught at more than eighty universities and has been adapted into a prize-winning stage play. He is also the author of the novel Shackling Water, the poetry collection genius b-boy cynics getting weeded in the garden of delights, the graphic novel Nature of the Beast (co-written with Douglas Mcgowan).

An inaugural recipient of the Ford Foundation's Future Aesthetics Artist Grant, Mansbach was also a 2012 Sundance Institute Screenwriting Lab fellow and the recipient of the Indian Paintbrush/Sundance Institute Feature Filmwriting Grant. The 2009-2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University, he founded, edited and published the pioneering 1990s hip hop journal Elementary and spent several years traveling as a drum technician with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Believer, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

Mansbach's His debut thriller, The Dead Run will be published in September 2013, by HarperCollins. A frequent lecturer on college campuses across the country, Mansbach lives in Berkeley, California, where he co-hosts the KPFA/Pacifica radio show "Father Figures."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ThisIsADarkRide on February 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
A rollicking first effort from Adam Mansbach (Go the F**k to Sleep, The End of the Jews) and newcomer artist Owen Brozman. "Nature of the Beast" presents a pulpy and pop-culture filled roller coaster of a story filled with fistfights, alien invasions, gator wrasslin', Thunderdome-style man vs. beast wars, and subtle reality-era social commentary. Mansbach's story, which rarely pauses for breath, is clever and directly filtered through our "watch anything" social paradigm. He's a multi genre talent and makes you want a sequel ASAP. Second and third readings offer hidden "easter eggs" throughout Brozman's artwork; his masculine and realistic style is laden with small touches that lend favorable comparison to the work of Tony Moore (The Exterminators) and Wes Abbott (The Amory Wars), among others - he looks like a talent to watch in coming years and I'll eagerly wait for his next work. High recommendation for anyone who likes a "Mad Max" end-of-the-world story, but updated for the era of UFC and "Survivor" in which we live!
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By John Bowes on November 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
Good graphics. Average sci-fi comic. Some topical comment, but surprisingly dis-jointed, with jarring transitions between a number of scenes. Does not make me want to continue the journey.
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By esp on August 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Nature of the Beast is an awesome graphic novel. The story is bloody, bizarre, and full of action, with just the right amount of political commentary to keep it smart. With Earth on the brink of extinction because of aliens that plan on destroying it, a power-hungry CEO tycoon creates a gladiator-like fight between ferocious beasts and just as ferocious humans. The last one living will be Earth's most powerful warrior, who will hopefully combat the aliens. The beasts battle (and suffer) to thousands of cheering fans (think reality TV) while plagued with advertisements (the shark's skin is covered with them). The illustrations are fantastic too.

The best part was that I got it on my kindle fire through the new panel view technology, with was great. I'm looking forward to downloading more graphic novels in the future.
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By MNUL on August 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this ebook because I wanted to try out Kindle Panel View without knowing much about it (except the author wrote Go the F to Sleep, which I hadn't read but heard about a lot). I really liked this story! I was a big fan of the illustrative style and the story was fun.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pspspspspspsps on April 4, 2012
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The dialogue is hilarious (i found myself peeing my pants), the art is truly fantastic, the coloring is great, i hope these guys put out another book really soon. Just great, and because of this book im now gonna get other books by Brozman and Mansbach. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, a truw work of art.
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