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The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History Hardcover – 2 October 2006

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'His discreetly devastating comic timing derives from the tension between the optimism of his ambition and the reality of the attempts to deal with the experiences that have marked his career as one America's best novelist and essayist.' Times

'Franzen's memoir is cleverly written and often fun to read…He's funny and self deprecating…' Sunday Telegraph

‘Wonderful and supremely personal…' Time Magazine

'Reading such honest, awkward, tender pieces as these, the socially isolated individual may feel that little bit less lonely.' New Statesman.

'The close of this book is almost miraculous; we are reminded that Franzen, at his best, can write like a dream.' FT Magazine

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fourth Estate (2 October 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0007234244
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0007234240
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.1 x 2.1 x 22.2 cm
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Jonathan Franzen is the author of five novels--Purity, Freedom, The Corrections, The Twenty-Seventh City, and Strong Motion--and five works of nonfiction and translation, including Farther Away, How to Be Alone, and The Discomfort Zone, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Kunste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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