Maps and Legends

Michael Chabon

MAPS AND LEGENDS is a love song in sixteen parts – a series of linked essays in praise of reading and writing, with subjects running from ghost stories to comic books, Sherlock Holmes to Cormac McCarthy. Throughout, Chabon energetically argues for a return to the thrilling, chilling origins of storytelling, rejecting the false walls around ‘serious’ literature in favour of a wide-ranging affection. His own fiction, meanwhile, is explored from the perspective of personal history: post-collegiate desperation sparks his debut, THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH; procrastination and doubt reveal the way towards WONDER BOYS; a love of comics and a basement golem combine to create the Pulitzer Prize-winning THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY; and an enigmatic Yiddish phrasebook unfurls into THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN’S UNION.

Reviews of Maps and Legends

  • Praise for Michael Chabon:

    ‘Poignant, affecting, witty, wrenching, a terrific writer.’ Washington Post

    ‘The natural exuberance and extravagance of Chabon’s writing is matched by dazzling wit.’ Sunday Telegraph

    ‘His talent is undisputable. Chabon’s novels are warm, witty, a little whimsical, always beautifully written. He is that rare and precious beast: a literary writer with crossover appeal…’GQ

    ‘Chabon is a language magician, turning everything into something else just for the delight of playing tricks with words…Chabon’s ornate prose makes (Raymond) Chandler’s fruity observations of the world look quite plain…He writes like a dream’ Guardian

    ‘He is the most wonderful vaudeville performer.’ Philip Hensher, in the Spectator ‘Books of the Year’