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A Gambler's Anatomy - A Novel

Jonathan Lethem

The author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude returns with a devilishly entertaining novel about an international backgammon hustler who thinks he's psychic. Too bad about the tumor in his face. Handsome, impeccably tuxedoed Bruno Alexander travels the world winning large sums of money from amateur "whales" who think they can challenge his peerless acumen at backgammon. Fronted by his pasty, vampiric manager, Edgar Falk, Bruno arrives in Berlin after a troubling run of bad luck in Singapore. Perhaps it was the chance encounter with his crass childhood acquaintance Keith Stolarsky and his smoldering girlfriend Tira Harpaz. Or perhaps it was the emergence of a blot that distorts his vision so he has to look at the board sideways. Things don't go much better in Berlin. Bruno's flirtation with Madchen, the striking blonde he meets on the ferry, is inconclusive; the game at the unsettling Herr Kohler's mansion goes awry as his blot grows worse; he passes out and is sent to the local hospital, where he is given an extremely depressing diagnosis. Having run through Falk's money, Bruno turns to Stolarsky, who, for reasons of his own, agrees to fly Bruno to Berkeley, and to pay for the experimental surgery that might save his life. Berkeley, where Bruno discovered his psychic abilities, and to which he vowed never to return. Amidst the patchouli flashbacks and Anarchist gambits of the local scene, between Tira's come-ons and Keith's machinations, Bruno confronts two existential questions: Is the gambler being played by life? And what if you're telepathic but it doesn't do you any good?

The author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude returns with a devilishly entertaining novel about an international backgammon hustler who thinks he's psychic. Too bad about the tumor in his face. Handsome, impeccably tuxedoed Bruno Alexander travels the world winning large sums of money from amateur "whales" who think they can challenge his peerless acumen at backgammon. Fronted by his pasty, vampiric manager, Edgar Falk, Bruno arrives in Berlin after a troubling run of bad luck in Singapore. Perhaps it was the chance encounter with his crass childhood acquaintance Keith Stolarsky and his smoldering girlfriend Tira Harpaz. Or perhaps it was the emergence of a blot that distorts his vision so he has to look at the board sideways. Things don't go much better in Berlin. Bruno's flirtation with Madchen, the striking blonde he meets on the ferry, is inconclusive; the game at the unsettling Herr Kohler's mansion goes awry as his blot grows worse; he passes out and is sent to the local hospital, where he is given an extremely depressing diagnosis. Having run through Falk's money, Bruno turns to Stolarsky, who, for reasons of his own, agrees to fly Bruno to Berkeley, and to pay for the experimental surgery that might save his life. Berkeley, where Bruno discovered his psychic abilities, and to which he vowed never to return. Amidst the patchouli flashbacks and Anarchist gambits of the local scene, between Tira's come-ons and Keith's machinations, Bruno confronts two existential questions: Is the gambler being played by life? And what if you're telepathic but it doesn't do you any good?
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The author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude returns with a devilishly entertaining novel about an international backgammon hustler who thinks he's psychic. Too bad about the tumor in his face. Handsome, impeccably tuxedoed Bruno Alexander travels the world winning large sums of money from amateur "whales" who think they can challenge his peerless acumen at backgammon. Fronted by his pasty, vampiric manager, Edgar Falk, Bruno arrives in Berlin after a troubling run of bad luck in Singapore. Perhaps it was the chance encounter with his crass childhood acquaintance Keith Stolarsky and his smoldering girlfriend Tira Harpaz. Or perhaps it was the emergence of a blot that distorts his vision so he has to look at the board sideways. Things don't go much better in Berlin. Bruno's flirtation with Madchen, the striking blonde he meets on the ferry, is inconclusive; the game at the unsettling Herr Kohler's mansion goes awry as his blot grows worse; he passes out and is sent to the local hospital, where he is given an extremely depressing diagnosis. Having run through Falk's money, Bruno turns to Stolarsky, who, for reasons of his own, agrees to fly Bruno to Berkeley, and to pay for the experimental surgery that might save his life. Berkeley, where Bruno discovered his psychic abilities, and to which he vowed never to return. Amidst the patchouli flashbacks and Anarchist gambits of the local scene, between Tira's come-ons and Keith's machinations, Bruno confronts two existential questions: Is the gambler being played by life? And what if you're telepathic but it doesn't do you any good?

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Deakins

Length:

10h 34m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:43


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:23


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:25


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:43


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:28


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:52


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:58


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:16


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:06


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:16


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:27


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:51


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:18


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:47


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:42


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:36


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:31


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:24


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:41


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:12


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:53


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:29


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:54


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:12


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:31


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:05


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:28


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:52


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:34


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:52


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:11


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:48


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:10


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:59


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:37


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:28


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:57


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:00


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:35


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:57


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:07


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:41


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:10


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:29


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

09:06


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:27


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:23


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:52


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:13


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

00:29