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AUTOPORTRAIT de Jesse Ball

A literary self-portrait in which the author’s entire life is revealed through the brief moments of accident, absurdity, and loss which have made it.

AUTOPORTRAIT
by Jesse Ball
‎ Catapult, TBD 2022
(via Sterling Lord Literistic)

Photo by James Foster

Inspired by Édouard Levé’s novel of the same title and format, Jesse Ball haswritten a slim, uninterrupted stream of compact reflections with no obvious order, that brilliantly construct AUTOPORTRAIT. These reflections range from the mundane, the crude, and the crass, to the mysterious, poignant and the brutally beautiful. With spare prose, marked by its humility and precision, Jesse Ball has rendered life, memory, and existence so vividly there are many places where the reader wonders if it is their own existence being described. The novel, which borrows its name from Levé’s, and which preceded Levé’s final work published mere weeks before his tragic suicide, deals with similar themes in a similar register. However, Ball’s voice is entirely his own, and the speaker of this novel is frighteningly honest, while inspiring a deep, tender fondness. Among the many treasures of this piece, Ball includes comments on his difficult upbringing, his marriages, his drug use, his teaching and pedagogy, the things he likes about cats and rats, and the things he adores about gullies and sumps.
Ambitious, serious, witty, and provocative, Jesse Ball’s latest work is a disciplined novel that chronicles the chaos of a life. AUTOPORTRAIT, both through its form and its content, suggests that human beings are made up of contradictions, and encourages us to contradict ourselves more often.

Jesse Ball is the author of fourteen books. His works have been published to acclaim in many parts of the world and translated into more than a dozen languages. He is on the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, won the 2018 Gordon Burn Prize, the 2008 Paris Review Plimpton Prize, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and is a 2017 Granta Best Young American Novelist. Ball has also been a fellow of the NEA, Creative Capital, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Et les meilleurs jeunes romanciers américains selon Granta sont…

Tous les dix ans, la célèbre revue littéraire britannique révèle son classement spécial avec les meilleurs écrivains américains de fiction qui ont moins de 40 ans. Parmi les 21 sélectionnés, on retrouve 5 auteurs que notre agence représente en France : Jesse Ball, Jen George, Garth Risk Hallberg (Plon/Feux Croisés), Sana Krasikov (Albin Michel) et Anthony Marra (Lattès).

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CENSUS de Jesse Ball

One of the most original voices in American literature

CENSUS
by Jesse Ball
HarperCollins / Ecco, March 2018
Agent: Sterling Lord

*BEST YOUNG AMERICAN NOVELIST 2016, GRANTA!
*A 2016 GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP WINNER!
*WON THE 2008 PARIS REVIEW PLIMPTON PRIZE!
*LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN 2015!

Earning comparisons to some of the most singular stylists in the canon—Kafka, Bernhard, Ishiguro—Ball’s gently subversive, determinedly moral oeuvre has revealed itself to be an ever expanding world of shadowed mysteries that exist out of time and place. He has created an alternative plain in which allegory, shifting identities and elusive redemption cast an indirect, necessary light on the often tawdry priorities that often guide the American vision of the world.
His newest novel, Census, supported by the Guggenheim Foundation and the Creative Capital Foundation, arrives with colossal anticipation. It is a courageous creation and his most personal work to date. The novel follows the travels of a father and son who are census takers across a tapestry of towns in the wake of the father’s fatal diagnosis. Knowing that his time is menacingly short, the father takes his son, who requires close and constant adult guidance, on a trip of indefinite length, their feelings for each other challenged and bolstered as they move in and out of a variety of homes.
The book stems from Jesse’s experience as a brother to a Down syndrome boy, and the story of this journey is a bracing corrective to the frequently cruel and problematic treatment of the condition. Jesse is writing with unprecedented force and conviction about the most elemental challenges we all face: the inevitability of suffering and the grace and wonder that fuel the compassion that is expressed by those who withstand it. It’s a tender, wrenching and furious novel about what it means to be alive and it gets to these elemental stakes in a way no other writer could. As kindness and tragedy weave in and out of view, locked in their endless struggle, Jesse has written a category-defying, deeply felt tribute to our better natures that will leave an enduring mark on our literature.

Jesse Ball is the author of fourteen books, most recently the novel “How to Set a Fire” and “Why”. His works have been published to acclaim in many parts of the world and translated into more than a dozen languages. He is on the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, won the 2008 Paris Review Plimpton Prize, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and has been a fellow of the NEA, Creative Capital, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His website is: www.jesseball.com