Tag Archives: Spring 2012

Privacy by Garret Keizer

Privacy [BIG IDEAS//small books]
Garret Keizer
On sale: August 7, 2012
A Picador Paperback Original
Politics / Current Events / Culture

PRAISE FOR PRIVACY
“Acclaimed essayist and Harper’s contributor Keizer conducts a philosophical meditation on the nature of privacy and finds that the ‘right to be let alone’ is a lot more complex than many may think…. With unyielding analytical scrutiny, Keizer raises plenty of doubt about the primacy of so-called private lives…. The consequences of such revelations are vast, and readers will be left considering the implications long after the last page is turned. A provocative and unsettling look at something most take for granted—but shouldn’t.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Keizer ably describes the disturbing and ever-diminishing expectations of privacy…and makes a cogent analysis of the threats to privacy that accompany smartphones and other digital devices. Keizer’s commentary reaches deeply into the fabric of post 9/11 America and finds a landscape that has compromised the fundamental human need for privacy, and argues passionately for the value of privacy in a democratic society”
Publishers Weekly

“[A] thoughtful examination of the concept of privacy… Though debates over privacy tend to be driven by technological developments—Facebook and the like—Keizer reminds us that our personal and cultural “privacy settings” or lack of them have political, environmental, and even spiritual valences that are ignored at the expense of democracy and social justice…. Keizer’s cautionary wisdom is informed by a deeply felt humanism and presented with eloquence and wit.”
— Brendan Driscoll, Booklist

PRAISE FOR GARRET KEIZER
“Very few writers combine thoughtfulness and rage as satisfyingly as Garret Keizer.”
—Naomi Klein

ABOUT PRIVACY
American essayist and Harper’s contributing editor Garret Keizer offers a brilliant, literate look at our strip-searched, over-shared, viral-videoed existence.

Body scans at the airport, candid pics on Facebook, a Twitter account for your stray thoughts, and a surveillance camera on every street corner — today we have an audience for all of the extraordinary and banal events of our lives. The threshold between privacy and exposure becomes more permeable by the minute. But what happens to our private selves when we cannot escape scrutiny, and to our public personas when they pass from our control?

In this wide-ranging, penetrating addition to the Big Ideas//Small Books series, and in his own unmistakable voice, Garret Keizer considers the moral dimensions of privacy in relation to issues of social justice, economic inequality, and the increasing commoditization of the global marketplace. Though acutely aware of the digital threat to privacy rights, Keizer refuses to see privacy in purely technological terms or as an essentially legalistic value. Instead, he locates privacy in the human capacity for resistance and in the sustainable society “with liberty and justice for all.”

ABOUT GARRET KEIZER
Garret Keizer is the author of six books, mostly recently of The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise. He is a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine, a contributing writer to Mother Jones, and a recent Guggenheim Fellow.

MORE INFORMATION
Privacy on the Picador website
Cover image for download
Author photo for download
Author’s website
Garret Keizer on The Colbert Report (2010) [opens with sound]
Garret Keizer discusses his previous book about noise on To the Best of Our Knowledge
Garret Keizer on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate discussing his previous book 

For a review copy, please email gabrielle.gantz [at] picadorusa.com

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Emperor of Lies: A Novel by Steve Sem-Sandberg

Emperor of Lies
Steve Sem-Sandberg
Translated from the Swedish by
Sarah Death

On sale: July 3, 2012
Paperback
Fiction / Historical Fiction

PRAISE FOR EMPEROR OF LIES
“Fiction of true moral force, brilliantly sustained and achieved…I find it difficult to think of any book that has had such an immediate and powerful impact on me…Brave and brillant.”—Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

“Was Rumkowski a sinner or a saint? Collaborator or a liberator? It is around this central question that The Emperor of Lies swirls, providing along the way. . . cinematic detail that invites immersion in the way few contemporary novels of serious ambition do.”—Daphne Merkin, The New York Times Book Review

“A resolute masterpiece, The Emperor of Lies looks for truths in the great domain of dissolving syntax and shadows we call history….A great achievement.”—Sebastian Barry, Salon

ABOUT EMPEROR OF LIES
In February 1940, the Nazis established what would become the second-largest Jewish ghetto in the Polish city of Lódz. Its chosen leader: Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, a sixty-three-year-old Jewish businessman and orphanage director. From one of Scandinavia’s most critically acclaimed and bestselling authors, The Emperor of Lies chronicles the tale of Rumkowski’s monarchical rule over a quarter million Jews. Driven by a titanic ambition, he sought to transform the ghetto into a productive industrial complex and strove to make it —and himself — indespensable to the Nazi regime. Drawing on the chronicles of life in the Lódz Ghetto, Steve Sem-Sandberg captures the full panorama of human resilience and asks the most difficult questions: Was Rumkowski a ruthless opportunist, an accessory to the Nazi regime driven by a lust for power? Or was he a pragmatic strategist who managed to save Jewish lives through his collaboration policies?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Steve Sem-Sandberg
 was born in 1958. He divides his time between Vienna and Stockholm.

More Information
Emperor of Lies on the Picador website
Cover image for download
Author photo for download

For a review copy, please email gabrielle.gantz [at] picadorusa.com

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Partitions: A Novel by Amit Majmudar

Partitions: A Novel
Amit Majmudar
On Sale: July 3, 2012
Paperback
Fiction: Historical, Literary

ABOUT PARTITIONS
As India is rent into two nations with the creation of Pakistan, communal violence breaks out on both sides of the new border and streaming hordes of refugees flee from blood and chaos.

At an overrun train station, Shankar and Kenshav, twin Hindu boys, lose sight of their mother and go in search of her. A young Sikh girl, Simran Kaur, has run away from her father who would rather poison her than see her defiled. And Ibrahim Masud, an elderly Muslim doctor, limps toward the new Muslim state of Pakistan, rediscovering on the way his role as a healer. A dramatic, luminous story of families and nations broken and formed, Partitions, “written with piercing beauty, alive with moral passion and sorrowful insight, [is] a rueful masterpiece” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amit Majmudar is a diagnostic nuclear radiologist and an award-winning poet whose work has been featured in The Best American Poetry 2007. His first poetry collection, 0°, 0°, was published in 2009, and a novella, Azazel, was serialized in The Kenyon Review. Partitions is his first full-length novel. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

PRAISE FOR PARTITIONS
“Partitions is a worldly meditation on the violence that occurs because of the necessary yet artificial partitions between individuals…. Partitions eloquently shares its author’s human insights.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“In his magnificent first novel, Majmudar embodies the terrible days following the partition of India and Pakistan in the stories of four refugees from sectarian violence . . . Written with piercing beauty, alive with moral passion and sorrowful insight—a rueful masterpiece.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“That this significantly poignant, but never maudlin fictional excursion into relatively recent Asian history is the author’s first novel is relevant to mention only because of its nimble use of history.”—Booklist, Starred Review

“This first-time novelist has helped us to travel that brief but crucial distance, from words on the page to dreams in our minds and hearts, and made this bitter, brutal time somehow reachable.” —Alan Cheuse, NPR’s All Things Considered

More Information
Partitions on the Picador website
Author photo for download
Cover image for download
A conversation with Amit Majmudar for free use

For a review copy, please contact Gabrielle.Gantz@picadorusa.com

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