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Product Details

  • Series: NYRB Classics
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590176146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590176146
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Bookforum

The long love affair ending, ended, or maybe not, seeps into narrative cracks, sounds a medley of stuttering refrains.... The faits divers in Pitch Dark frequently end on these plangent, mournful notes of heartbreak….scenes depicting Kate and her lover, Jake—at night, for instance, after leaving a party, with Jake’s wife also in the car—are brilliant. —Gary Indiana

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I Was In Love and Then I wasn't, and sometime during the drifting gray interim I was told by a bookseller friend to read Renata Adler's 1976 debut, Speedboat, a novel that had long been out of print but was absolutely, he insisted, worth the trouble of the search. ... My friend was correct, as booksellers usually are; it was as though the novel had outstretched arms and I fell in
- Anna Wiene, Paris Review

After years of being passed along to new readers like samizdat pamphlet. ... these are not works of realism--they have a dreamlike quality-- but they contain as much reality as a Balzac novel does. . ... "Speedboat" is one of the more penetrating and oddly hypnotizing books I know; reading it is like being in a snowstorm.. ...If all you get from "Speedboat" and "Pitch Dark" is a shudder of pleasure and self-recognition, you are probably not reading deeply enough. Welcome Back, Renata Adler -
Meghan O'Rourke  New Yorker Book Blog

Adler gets at the ... condition we find ourselves in now, peripatetic and restless, ever more deptived of the time and mental space to reflect on what we are really doing, or who we really are. They describe what it's like to be lving now, during this span of time, in our particular country and our particular world. This is what the best novels have always done, and with any luck will continue to do. - Gary Indiana, Bookforum

You should be reading Renata Adler because everyone else is ...  you should also be reading Renata Adler because her books are uncanny and stunning, unlike other novels, and so like life - Fiona Duncan, Bullett

No Longer Gone: After 20 years, Renata Adler Is Back In Print ... Adler is--to tweak a line she used in a notoriously negative review of Pauline Kael's criticism--page by page, line by line, and without interruption, brilliant - Miranda Popkey, The New York Observer

“Two things hold Pitch Dark together and give it speed and magic. The first is Miss Adler’s gift for language and observation . . . and the second is her willingness to write candidly, even rawly, about emotions.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“These novels are records of a penetrating intelligence, a skeptical intelligence (but, thank God, not a reflexively skeptical intelligence). They are novels that persuade you of their claims to truth, and ones in which any literate young person in publishing in New York can see a bit of her or himself […] It’s great to have these novels back in print, at long last.” —Meghan O’Rourke, The  New Yorker’s Page-Turner Blog

"Adler's novels concede the necessity of making fiction quicker, more terse, descriptively less elaborate than the traditional thing called a novel, not so much in deference to shrunken attention spans, but as the most plausible way of rendering the distracted, fragmentary quality of contemporary consciousness [...] They describe what it's like to be living now, during this span of time, in our particular country and our particular world. This is what the best novels have always done, and with any luck will continue to do." —Gary Indiana, Bookforum

"Pitch Dark, like Speedboat, exudes a certain openness, a vulnerability, even. Adler dispenses with the defined paths of traditional narrative, along with expectations of order and sequence, and instead pieces together a collage of consciousness." —Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times Book Review

“Imaginative, intelligent, and original.” —Elizabeth Hardwick

“If you simply allow [Adler’s fragments] to settle in their own patterns, flashing light where they will, you’ll find Pitch Dark a bright kaleidoscope of a book.” —Anne Tyler

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JAK on February 28, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
If you've read SPEEDBOAT and liked it , PITCH DARK will tempt you.However , you are likely to wonder , can she do it again ? The answer is no. I wouldn't describe Speedboat as a comic novel but much of it is very funny and it's crammed with sharp , perceptive observations.Pitch Dark is almost humorless( there are some funny moments in Ireland) and the novel is much more internal.In Speedboat, you do have a world outside the narrator , here barely.I also hate to say it, but the novel is whiny and gets boring.Like Speedboat ,it's not really a novel.It's a collage of fragments narrated by a woman who is clearly Adler.Adler's voice is so distinctive and brilliant that this novel justifies a reading but just barely.There is an afterword by one of my favorite writers , Muriel Spark, who seems more impressed by the book than is justified.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By richard kent howie on May 25, 2013
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renata adler is an excellent writer just beautiful and lovely and shady like a dream. renata adler is really a national treasure. beats paulin kael anyday. not stuffy at all
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim F. Baughman on July 17, 2014
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Brilliant writing, wonderfully jumbled narrative, although the parts of it cohere in the mind. Why can't people write like this anymore?
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