By Jonathan Dee
For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Jonathan Dee’s novels are masterful works of literary fiction. during this sharply saw story of self-invention and public scandal, Dee increases a trenchant query: what can we really need once we ask for forgiveness?
as soon as a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a brink. Ben, a associate in a prestigious legislation enterprise, has develop into unpredictable at paintings and withdrawn at home—a switch that weighs seriously on his spouse, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in a single afternoon, Ben’s recklessness takes an alarming flip, and every thing the Armsteads have equipped jointly unravels, speedily and spectacularly.
chase away into the operating global, Helen reveals a role in public relatives and relocates with Sara from their domestic in upstate manhattan to an house in ny. There, Helen discovers she has an extraordinary reward, vital on this planet of snapshot keep watch over: she will persuade smug males to confess their blunders, spinning crises into moment percentages. but redemption is extra simply granted in her expert existence than in her own one.
As she is faced with the largest case of her occupation, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara’s more and more far-off habit, Helen needs to face the boundaries of responsibility and her personal means for forgiveness.
Praise for A Thousand Pardons
“A Thousand Pardons is that infrequent factor: a real literary mystery. Eerily suspenseful and choked with dramatic occasion, it additionally bargains a trenchant, hilarious portrait of our collective eager for authenticity in those overmediated times.”—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of A stopover at from the Goon Squad
“A web page turner with out sacrificing a smidgen of mental perception. What a triumph.”—Kirkus studies (starred review)
“Dee is adept at meshing the complexities of marriage and kin lifestyles with the paradoxes of the zeitgeist. In his 6th meticulously lathed and magnetizing novel, he riffs at the perform of drawback administration [and] the absurdities of a society geared to speak in one thousand digital modes whereas these closest to one another can slightly make eye contact.”—Booklist
“[A] fast-moving, constantly enjoyable tale . . . a sensible, witty examine the rites of apology in modern America.”—Shelf wisdom
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The apparent similarity of his (Hegel's) response to that of Kierkegaard, his apparent incorporation of "reality" or "existence" into philosophy, was just what made it so necessary to get rid of him, at all costs. In his so-called "aesthetic works" (chiefly Either/Or, Repetition and Stages on Life's Way), Kierkegaard offered many further explorations of how the fundamental idealism of Romantic philosophy leads to the shipwreck of those existing individuals who try to base their lives on such Romantic values as art, poetry and free love.
The root problem is J. G. Fichte's conception of the absolute "I" or Ego, the supreme selfevident principle of I = I, abstracted from all possibly dubitable experience, and from which Fichte and his followers believed it possible to deduce all forms of actual experience. Kierkegaard, however, views this principle in terms that are essentially identical with the complaints that he will later make in the Postscript against Hegelian abstraction. In so far as Fichte does achieve an infinite abstraction from experience, this is precisely a purely negative infinity, an abstraction "from" experience but not "to" anything, and it is therefore an infinity without content.
Fichte's conception of the absolute "I" or Ego, the supreme selfevident principle of I = I, abstracted from all possibly dubitable experience, and from which Fichte and his followers believed it possible to deduce all forms of actual experience. Kierkegaard, however, views this principle in terms that are essentially identical with the complaints that he will later make in the Postscript against Hegelian abstraction. In so far as Fichte does achieve an infinite abstraction from experience, this is precisely a purely negative infinity, an abstraction "from" experience but not "to" anything, and it is therefore an infinity without content.