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Vincent (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Joey Goebel, Joey Goebel (Author), Hans M. Herzog (Übersetzer), Matthias Jendis (Übersetzer)

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Vincent Spinetti is the archetypal tortured artist-a sensitive young writer who suffers from alienation, parental neglect, poverty, depression, alcoholism, illness, nervous breakdowns, and unrequited love. However, he is unaware that these torments are due to the secret manipulations of New Renaissance, an experimental organization that hopes to improve mindless main-stream culture by raising writers who emphasize artistic quality over commerce. New Renaissance hires ex-musician Harlan Eiffler to manipulate its most promising prodigy, Vincent. Wickedly antisocial and disgusted by what passes for entertainment in the twenty-first century, Harlan ensures that Vincent remains a true artist. He poses as Vincent's manager and nurtures his career, all the while continuing to torture him. Smart, funny, and poignant, Torture the Artist examines the timeless idea that true art can only result from suffering. About the author: Joey Goebel was born and raised in Henderson, Kentucky. He has a B.A. in English from Brescia University. He is the author of The Anomalies and former lead singer of the Mullets and Novembrists.

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Title:Vincent
Authors:Joey Goebel
Other authors:Joey Goebel (Author), Hans M. Herzog (Übersetzer), Matthias Jendis (Übersetzer)
Info:Diogenes (2005), Ausgabe: 1., Aufl., Gebundene Ausgabe, 431 Seiten
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Torture the Artist by Joey Goebel (2004)

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I've read Torture the Artist a few times now, and every time I find something different in it. It's just one of those books that is so poignant and well-written, you can't help but visit it again and again. ( )
  shulera1 | Jun 7, 2016 |
This book is a bit like Fight Club without the violence. It's as much a comment on adolecence as it is on the fruitlessness of pop culture. ( )
  kaelirenee | Oct 21, 2007 |
"Torture the Reader" would have been more apt. I can't believe the NPR librarian suggested this. Trying awkwardly to be a comment on pop culture and the state of art in modern America, Goebel's book just comes off as self-indulgent and whiney. The basic idea had promise: Operating under the idea that to create great art an artist must suffer, a wealthy media mogul hires individuals to "torture" (mentally, emotionally) promising young writers, musicians, actors, etc. But the book reads like Goebel's (heavy handed and unoriginal) diatribe on why everything sucks. A truly awful read that I only finished because I (fruitlessly) kept hoping it would get better somehow. It didn't.
  rosencrantz79 | Dec 13, 2006 |
If artists are driven by the conflict in their lives to create great works, then it would follow that eventually someone would try to capitalize on this and cause the situations which would result in great art. The main character in this novel is assigned to a child with great potential, to be his manager and torture him into creativity. An interesting story with a somewhat unsatisfying outcome. ( )
1 vote ursula | Apr 10, 2006 |
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Vincent Spinetti is the archetypal tortured artist-a sensitive young writer who suffers from alienation, parental neglect, poverty, depression, alcoholism, illness, nervous breakdowns, and unrequited love. However, he is unaware that these torments are due to the secret manipulations of New Renaissance, an experimental organization that hopes to improve mindless main-stream culture by raising writers who emphasize artistic quality over commerce. New Renaissance hires ex-musician Harlan Eiffler to manipulate its most promising prodigy, Vincent. Wickedly antisocial and disgusted by what passes for entertainment in the twenty-first century, Harlan ensures that Vincent remains a true artist. He poses as Vincent's manager and nurtures his career, all the while continuing to torture him. Smart, funny, and poignant, Torture the Artist examines the timeless idea that true art can only result from suffering. About the author: Joey Goebel was born and raised in Henderson, Kentucky. He has a B.A. in English from Brescia University. He is the author of The Anomalies and former lead singer of the Mullets and Novembrists.

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