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  • ISBN: 1612198120
  • ISBN: 9781612198125
  • Physical Description: 345 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Brooklyn, New York : Melville House Publishing, 2019.

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"When a new student transfers in from a posh private school, he falls in with a group of like-minded suburban stoners, artists, and outcasts--too smart and creative for their own good. His classmates nickname their new friend Nietzsche (for his braininess and bleak outlook on life), and decide he must be the front man of their metal band, now christened Nietzsche and the Burbs. With the abyss of graduation--not to mention their first gig--looming ahead, the group ramps up their experimentations with sex, drugs, and ... nihilist philosophy. Are they as doomed as their intellectual heroes? And why does the end of youth feel like such a universal tragedy? And as they ponder life's biggies, this sly, elegant, and often laugh-out-loud funny story of would-be rebels becomes something special: an absorbing and stirring reminder of a particular, exciting yet bittersweet moment in life...and a reminder that all adolescents are philosophers, and all philosophers are adolescents at heart."--Amazon.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2
    *Starred Review* Paula, Art, Merv, and Chandra—a coterie of sixth-formers in a British secondary school, would-be nihilists in training wheels. When they discover the new boy in school is himself a nihilist, a philosopher manqué, they quickly adopt him, dubbing him Nietzsche, inviting him to join their band as singer, and naming the band Nietzsche and the Burbs. Ah, the burbs, the focus of their sneering attention, their cynicism, their conviction that, though they might escape them temporarily, they will ultimately wind up back in their clutches. Their story, which takes place over the course of 10 weeks, is narrated by Chandra in a vaguely stream-of-consciousness voice replete with sentence fragments, omnipresent snippets of burbs philosophy, and extended conversation among the coterie. Nietzsche himself has little to say except for his pithy blog posts: e.g., "Perpetual imminence. Eventless events. Nothing happening except for this nothing is happening." What is the book about? The kids' quotidian school life, the occasional party, drinking, and Nietzsche—the real one, not the intriguing imitation. The limited action leads up to a denouement: an actual public performance by the band. Does it go well? Let's just say readers won't be surprised by the answer. How closely fictional Nietzsche is meant to resemble the real thing is moot except for the fact that the fictional one has gone off his meds. Uh-oh. Some readers may find the often-allusive book too clever by half; others will delight in its wit. In either case, the book is a model of originality. Clever, indeed. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

LARS IYER is a Reader in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, where he was formerly a longtime lecturer in philosophy. He is the author of the novels in the Spurious Trilogy, and more recently the widely acclaimed Wittgenstein Jr.

Subject: Heavy metal (Music) > Fiction.
Rock groups > Fiction.
High school students > Fiction.
Genre: Bildungsromans.

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