Bryan Malessa

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Bryan Joachim Malessa (born May 16, 1964 in Chagrin Falls, Ohio) is an American novelist. He is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley (BA), and the Oscar Wilde Centre at Trinity College, Dublin (MPhil). He lives in greater Los Angeles.

Novels[edit]

The Flight[edit]

In reviewing The Flight (Harper Perennial), set on the Eastern Front (World War II), The Irish Times stated "With this story...Bryan Malessa joins the ranks of [Nobel Laureate] Günter Grass, Rachel Seiffert and others in taking on the major preoccupations of post-war German literature...and the role of literature in history and memory."

The War Room[edit]

In Financial Times, Mark Simpson wrote "Billed as 'an epic investigation into America's underbelly,' The War Room has a Catcher in the Rye quality to it, but without the toxicity." The Daily Mail (UK) noted that the novel "is also an intensely detailed account of the psychology and tactics of bicycle racing."

Other works[edit]

His story "Looking Out For Hope" (Voices of the Xiled, Doubleday, 1994) in memory of Raymond Carver was made into a short film directed by Phil Harder and scored by the rock band Low.

He is also editor of Re/mapping the Occident (University of California, 1995) and a journalist whose best-known piece is a widely cited career retrospective interview “Once Was King” with World Champion and three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond.

Sources[edit]

(1) The Irish Times, Escape From East Prussia http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2007/0407/1175720887682.html

(2) The Independent (UK) review of The Flight http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-flight-by-bryan-malessa-438861.html

(3) Financial Times “The War Room” http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/327918e4-3563-11e0-aa6c-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1EHYut8eX

(4) Daily Mail (UK) “The War Room” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-1355572/Bryan-Malessa-THE-WAR-ROOM.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

(5) Bryan Malessa, "Once Was King: An interview with Greg LeMond" http://www.roble.net/marquis/coaching/lemond98.html