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All'inizio degli anni '80 Martin Bauman, diciannovenne intelligente e ambizioso quanto fragile e insicuro, viene ammesso in un prestigioso college per seguire i corsi di Stanley Flint, il leggendario editor che con una sola parola può creare una fortuna. È la realizzazione di un sogno e l'inizio della sua carriera di scrittore: Martin diviene in breve un brillante protagonista del mondo letterario newyorkese. Il successo sembra arridergli senza fatica; non così nella vita privata, tormentata dalle delusioni affettive e da un costante senso di insoddisfazione. Romanzo di formazione di un uomo, uno scrittore e un omosessuale, Martin Bauman racconta gli inizi dell'attività dell'autore, i suoi travagli amorosi e le sue complesse relazioni intellettuali, sullo sfondo di un vivace affresco dell'ambiente culturale newyorkese degli anni '80, con le sue mode letterarie.
The literary life is given a sound drubbing in this comedy of egos and coming-of-age tale by Leavitt (The Page Turner; While England Sleeps) set in the 1980s of Reaganomics and the dawn of AIDS. Always "ready to pounce on a sure thing," as a classmate describes him, ambitious, gay Martin Bauman, part calculating and part ingenuous, decides in college that he will be a successful novelist and sets out with considerable luck and adroitness to achieve his goal in the New York literary world. Along the way, he meets up with a veritable catalogue of young urban literary types, most notably Liza, a self-centered young novelist who can't decide if she's gay or straight, and Liza's wealthy, dilettantish best friend, Eli, another writer and Martin's primary love interest. The vagaries of Martin's personal relationships, however, are fairly commonplace, much less entertaining than his turbulent professional ascent. Readers hip to the New York book biz will be tickled throughout by Leavitt's thinly veiled satiric references to various literary institutions. In his unnamed eastern urban college, Martin studies under Stanley Flint, a writer, editor and teacher whose eccentricities, power and drive make him a ringer for famed maverick editor Gordon Lish. While still an undergraduate, Martin is lucky enough to publish a story in an unnamed prestigious weekly magazine, probably the New Yorker. After graduation, Martin works for a venerable independent publisher whose adherence to intellectual standards in the face of financial troubles should be easy for readers to identify. Packed with gossipy detail and yet curiously detached in tone, the novel seems part sociological excavation, part intellectual soap opera. Though Martin inflicts at least as much damage as he suffers himself, he is an appealing antihero, inhabiting as he does a world where, as Leavitt eloquently and searingly demonstrates, there is no such thing as a "sure thing." 10-city author tour.