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Fermata, the (1994) [Novel]
by Nicholson Baker Rating: Weighted - 8.8 / Average - 8.8 of 10 (6 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary :

Nicholson Baker outdoes himself in this startlingly arousing new novel—a graphic but good-natured peep deep into the ethical interstices of time, testosterone, and the furtive male imagination. Inexcusably funny, unsettlingly honest, The Fermata is Nicholson Baker's most entertaining and daring book yet.

Original title: The Fermata
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumor
FictionAdult/Mature Content


  • Cover design: Susan Mitchell
  • Cover photography: Chie Fukuhara/Photonica
  • For my father

Edition #1: Fermata, the

Fermata, the (1994)
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Language: English

  • "Hilarious... raw, insolent, daring, truthful mostly, unapologetically lewd, and funny." Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "Brilliantly, even euphorically successful... a hugely funny book." Washington Post Book World
  • "Wildly comic, deeply disturbing... Baker writes like no one else in America." Newsweek
  • "The Fermata may well be the most sexually explicit book ever published by a mainstream publisher, but its warmth and generous spirit are undeniable. And its virtuosity confirms Baker as one of our most gifted and original writers." Seattle Times
  • "Deftly written and intelligent... Baker's promiscuous curiosity can be thrilling." The New York Review of Books
  • "Inventive, graphically erotic... lovely re-enacments of voyeuristic activity interlaced with satirical takes on high-tech lifestyle--imagine an X-rated Donald Barthelme... Sparkling." San Fransisco Chronicle
  • "Baker is a brilliant observer and describer, clever, occasionally disarming with his insights and always entertaining." Diane Johnson, Vogue
  • "Miexes astonishing creativity with scenes of energetic eroticism. ...[Baker] has elevated pornography to a literary level." Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Baker is like no other writer when it comes to sex. His musings... are adult in their knowingness, adolescent in their energy. ... 'Originality' is an oveused word, considering how seldom we encounter the real things in life, but it applies here." Joanne Trestrail, Chicago Tribune
  • "Funny... The Fermata has a brio and speculative ingenuity." Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times
  • "'Hot' doesn't even begin to describe it.... His use of language is extraordinary. I have never read anything quite like it. The Fermata should be celebrated." Mary Gaitskill, San Fransisco Focus
  • "Despite all the sexual hoopla, Baker's deeper subject is consciousness; the concept of The Fermata is actually the natural culmination of his style...all the pleasures of reading him are available here." The New Yorker
  • "The Fermata is so weird, so extremely dirty, so funny...and above all, so well written, that no one will be able to ignore it." Robert Rossney, Wired
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Fermata, the (1994)

ISBN: 0679759336

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