American Rust

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American Rust
American Rust (Philipp Meyer novel).jpg
Author Philipp Meyer
Country  United States
Language English
Publication date

American Rust is a novel written by the American writer Philipp Meyer and published in 2009 in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, and The Netherlands (in Dutch); in 2010 it was published (in translation) in France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Israel, Greece, and Serbia. It was an Economist Book of the Year for 2009, a Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2009, a New York Times Notable Book of 2009,[1] Amazon's Best Books of the Year (2009), a Kansas City Star Top 100 Book of 2009, a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Best Book of 2009, an Idaho Statesman Top Book of 2009, a Daily Beast Favorite Book of 2009, as well as being named one of Newsweek's "Best. Books. Ever." in July 2009. Universal Studios has planned a film adaptation with Walter Salles directing. Reviewers in the UK's Telegraph,[2] The Plain Dealer (Cleveland),[3] and Dayton Daily News [4] have suggested it may fit the category of "Great American Novel."

The structure of American Rust is that of a third person, stream-of-consciousness work influenced, according to Meyer,[5] by writers such as James Joyce, William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, and James Kelman. Comparisons to other books vary somewhat, but mostly include works by modernist writers. The Baltimore Sun compared the novel to the works of Faulkner. Roger Perkins of the UK Telegraph, Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times, and Ron Charles of The Washington Post compared it to the works of Cormac McCarthy, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and J.D. Salinger. Geordie Williamson, head literary critic of The Australian, compared the Meyer to Steinbeck in a radio interview, saying "John Steinbeck is alive and well, and his name is Philipp Meyer." [6] Williamson also compared Meyer to Sinclair Lewis and Nathaniel Hawthorne in his printed review of American Rust in The Australian.

A winner of the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize


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  2. ^ Perkins, Roger: "American Rust: a review" Daily Telegraph May 24, 2009
  3. ^ Heaton, M: "Is American Rust the new Great American Novel?" Cleveland Plain Dealer March 18, 2009
  4. ^ Mickunas, V: "Philipp Meyer's American Rust burns bright with characters" Dayton Daily News March 1, 2009
  5. ^ ABC Radio National "Off the Shelf" June 16, 2009
  6. ^ ABC radio interview, Deborah Cameron with Geordie Williamson, April 2009