Product detail

But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz

But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz

Author: Geoff Dyer
$19.99(AUD)  inc GST
Available Stock: 0
Description

Lester Young fading away in a hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of New York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonius Monk creating his own private language on the piano...In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skilfully evokes the embattled lives of the players who shaped modern jazz. He draws on photos and anecdotes, but music is the driving force of But Beautiful and Dyer brings it to life in luminescent and wildly metaphoric prose that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity, and brilliance of each musician's style.

Awards

Winner of Somerset Maugham Award 1992. Shortlisted for John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize 1992.

Reviews

Remarkable...there can be few books on jazz written with such tenderness and care. - Times Literary Supplement

Author description

Geoff Dyer is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, as well as nine non-fiction books. Dyer has won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Center of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E.M. Forster Award. In 2009 he was named GQ's Writer of the Year. He won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012 and was a finalist in 1998. He lives in London.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9780857864024
  • : Canongate Books Ltd
  • : Canongate Books Ltd
  • : April 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 240
  • : Geoff Dyer
  • : Paperback
  • : 1