Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Earl Franzen (born August 17, 1959) is an American novelist and essayist. His 2001 novel, The Corrections, a sprawling, satirical family drama, drew widespread critical acclaim, earned Franzen a National Book Award, was a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist, earned a James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His novel Freedom garnered similar praise and led to an appearance on the cover of Time magazine alongside the headline „Great American Novelist”. Franzen writes for The New Yorker magazine. His 1996 ”Harper’s essay [[Why Bother? (essay)|Perchance to Dream]]” bemoaned the state of contemporary literature. Oprah Winfrey’s book club selection in 2001 of The Corrections led to a much publicized feud with the talk show host. In recent years, Franzen has become recognized for his opinions on everything from social networking services such as Twitter („the ultimate irresponsible medium”) and the proliferation of e-books („just not permanent enough”) to the disintegration of Europe („The people making the decisions in Europe are bankers. The technicians of finance are making the decisions there. It has very little to do with democracy or the will of the people. „) and the self-destruction of America („almost a rogue state”).

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