Smug Bastards!

Top 10 Smug Bastards! : Vanity Fair, Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle, About a Boy, The Memory Artists, Pale Fire, The Kindly Ones, Wilson, The Fuck-Up, Apathy and Other Small Victories, Soloalbum

Vanity Fair
AuthorWilliam Makepeace Thackeray
Here I am, 54 years old, and for the very first time reading William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair. "Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero." I disagree with Thackeray. The 'Hero' of Vanity Fair is the steadfast and stalwart William Dobbin; of that there is no doubt. This novel is not the coming of age,...
Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
AuthorVladimir Nabokov
Published two weeks after his seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of Nabokov's greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist.  It tells a love story troubled by incest. But more: it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time,...
About a Boy
AuthorNick Hornby
'How cool was Will Freeman?'

Too cool! At thirty-six, he's as hip as a teenager. He's single, child-free, goes to the right clubs and knows which trainers to wear. He's also found a great way to score with women: attend single parents' groups full of available (and grateful) mothers, all hoping...
The Memory Artists
AuthorJeffrey Moore
Winner of the Canadian Authors Association Award for Best Novel

Noel Burun has synesthesia and hypermnesia: he sees words in vibrant explosions of colors and shapes, which collide and commingle to form a memory so bitingly perfect that he can remember everything, from the 1001 stories of...
Pale Fire
AuthorVladimir Nabokov
The American poet John Shade is dead. His last poem, 'Pale Fire', is put into a book, together with a preface, a lengthy commentary and notes by Shade's editor, Charles Kinbote. Known on campus as the 'Great Beaver', Kinbote is haughty, inquisitive, intolerant, but is he also mad, bad - and even dangerous?...
The Kindly Ones
AuthorJonathan Littell
Named one of the "100 Best Books of the Decade" by The Times of London "Oh my human brothers, let me tell you how it happened." A former Nazi officer, Dr. Maximilien Aue has reinvented himself, many years after the war, as a middle-class family man and factory owner in France. An intellectual steeped in...
AuthorDaniel Clowes

Meet Wilson, an opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog and quite possibly no one else. In an ongoing quest to find human connection, he badgers friend and stranger alike into a series...
AuthorArthur Nersesian
Arthur Nersesian's underground literary treasure is an unforgettable slice of gritty New York City life.

This is the darkly hilarious odyssey of an anonymous slacker. He's a perennial couch-surfer, an aspiring writer searching for himself in spite of himself, and he's just trying to survive....
AuthorPaul Neilan
The only thing Shane cares about is leaving. Usually on a Greyhound bus, right before his life falls apart again. Just like he planned. But this time it's complicated: there's a sadistic corporate climber who thinks she's his girlfriend, a rent-subsidized affair with his landlord's wife, and the bizarrely...
AuthorBenjamin von Stuckrad-Barre
Die Ausgangssituation ist klassisch: Der Ich-Erzähler, gerade mal Anfang Zwanzig, ist soeben von seiner Freundin verlassen worden; nach vierjähriger Beziehung nun per Fax der Schlussstrich. Ende, aus, vorbei. Natürlich ist der Verlassene im Moment des Aus so verliebt wie in all den Jahren...
The Bonfire of the Vanities
AuthorTom Wolfe
Sherman McCoy, the central figure of Tom Wolfe's first novel, is a young investment banker with a fourteen-room apartment in Manhattan. When he is involved in a freak accident in the Bronx, prosecutors, politicians, the press, the police, the clergy, and assorted hustlers high and low close in on him,...
AuthorMartin Amis
Here to Stay

The enduring legacy of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher isn’t conservatism as a political programme but narcissism as a mode of living. As the aptly named John Self says in Money, “You just gave us some money... but you hate me, don’t you. Yes you do. Because I’m the new...
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