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  • ISBN 074320848X
  • ISBN13 978-0743208482
  • Language English
  • Author Joseph Heller
  • Publisher Simon & Schuster; Scribner edition (September 3, 2001)
  • Pages 240
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  • Category Biography
  • Size ePub 1656 kb
  • Size Fb2 1365 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
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Imagine an author who has become a legend in his own lifetime - all because of the novel he wrote in the first flush of youth. Novelist Eugene Pota is a cultural icon of the twentieth century, struggling to write what will be the last novel of his career. But what to write about when, like so many noted authors before him, all of Pota's output since that first, landmark novel has been scrutinized and dissected - and found wanting? PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST, AS AN OLD MAN follows Pota's efforts to settle on a subject for his final work. In his search, Heller - through Pota - pays homage to his favourite authors and discusses the problems that have plagued so many writers whose later works failed to live up to the successes of their first: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, Jack London, Joseph Conrad, to name but a few. It is a rare and enthralling look into the artist's search for creativity, a search that comes at a point in life when impotence - both sexual and spiritual - has become a frustrating fact. Joseph Heller must have known that this would be his final novel; it stands as a fitting testament to the life and works of a leading light in modern literature.

Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man is a novel by Joseph Heller, published posthumously in 2000.

Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man is a novel by Joseph Heller, published posthumously in 2000. His final work, it depicts an elderly author as he tries to write a novel that is as successful as his earlier work, mirroring Heller's own career after the success of Catch-22. The story is of Eugene Pota, a prominent writer who, in his old age, is struggling for that last piece of fiction that could be his magnum opus, or at least on par with his earlier writings.

That's Joseph Heller in this book. Portrait is an excellent book with as chaotic a narrative as one might hope for from Heller. Like James Joyce's, this looks l also, but with Heller's inimitable funny style. There is the narrator and the protagonist Eugene Pota. The story of an old author who desperately wants to write a book that will achieve real critical and popular success to match or top his first great book, is obviously based on Heller's real experience.

Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn in 1923. In 1961, he published Catch-22, which became a bestseller and, in 1970, a film. He went on to write such novels as Good as Gold, God Knows, Picture This, Closing Time, and Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man. Heller died in 1999. Paperback: 240 pages. In 1961 he published Catch-22, which became a bestseller as well as a film in 1970

Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn in 1923. In 1961 he published Catch-22, which became a bestseller as well as a film in 1970. He went on to write such novels as Something Happened, God Knows, Picture This, and Closing Time (the sequel to Catch-22). Heller died in December 1999.

Joseph Heller must have known that this would be his final novel; it stands as a fitting . And not even James Joyce had succeeded in making that long stretch to metaphysical perfection in his Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Joseph Heller must have known that this would be his final novel; it stands as a fitting testament to the life and works of a leading light in modern literature. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

Heller’s portrait jovially records Pota’s frustrated efforts to find a subject for his final book ( I wan. o go out on a. . o go out on a note of triumph ): notably, his several false starts in attempting to rewrite The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Kafka’s Metamorphosis, the story of Abraham and Isaac, the Greek myth of Zeus and Hera, and – in an effort. that mildly amuses and irritates Pota’s long-suffering spouse Polly – A Sexual Biography of my Wife. Heller’s mellowest book recaptures, in a modestly lyrical minor key, the same strains of plaintive comic madness that made Catch-22 a permanent contribution to our literature. It’s a terrific swan song. Pub Date: June 12th, 2000.

With failure,' he went on, 'comes failure

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The concept of the novel mirrors that of the life of the author himself in that none of Heller's books sold nearly as well as Catch-22. The title is evocatively similar to James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The main character's name "Pota" is possibly the abbreviation of the phrase "Portrait Of The Artist". My lord came home from the wars today and pleasured me twice with his boots on" - Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. This quote influenced the main character (Eugene Pota) to write about his sex book or "The Sexual Biography of My Wife.

Joseph Heller was an American author of novels, short stories, plays and screenplays. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the first novel of Irish writer James Joyce. His best-known work is the novel Catch-22, a satire on war and bureaucracy, whose title has become a synonym for an absurd or contradictory choice. Catch-22 is a satirical novel by American author Joseph Heller. He began writing it in 1953; the novel was first published in 1961. A Künstlerroman in a modernist style, it traces the religious and intellectual awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce and an allusion to Daedalus, the consummate craftsman of Greek mythology.

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Utter brilliance, as I've come to expect from Heller. This book deserves to be read several times before being reviewed, but being so enthused after finishing a first attempt, I'll have to go ahead and state my opinions so far. Joseph Heller is among the greatest modern American writers of literature. Every work of his sparkles with intent and narrative clarity.

This, his final long-form novel "about writing a novel" poses and answers many important questions. Not the least of which being:
"Why on earth haven't Amazon digitised ALL of Heller's work for Kindle already?"

Heller's unique authorial style runs throughout this plot, a thread traceable clear back to "Catch-22". Following it will reel you into a nuanced and detailed plot so descriptive and heartfelt it's possible to go beyond empathy for Heller's main protagonist, Pota, into a realm of reading where through Heller's prose the reader can almost feel as if they are with Heller himself, looking over his shoulder, as he imagines the world of his characters and their actions. Realism, comedy, tragedy, conflict, all elements of high drama are masterfully woven throughout the tapestry of the timeline of this story - of the days in the life from the final years of a deservedly well-respected literary giant.

Amazing and gripping, beautiful and inspiring, and above all well worth reading!
Writer's block happens.
Joseph Heller apparently knew it well. Before his 1999 death, the famed author of "Catch-22" put his frustrations into fiction, resulting in 2000's "A Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man," recently released in paperback format.
The story is ingenious, and perhaps eeriely autobiographical. Aging author Eugene Pota (how clever is Heller? Pota = P.O.T.A., or Portrait Of The Artist) is struggling to write his next novel. We, as readers, get to see his latest attempts in action.
They range from a modern day re-telling of Tom Sawyer, a story told from the viewpoint of a gene, a re-telling of a mythological story, another re-telling of a biblical story, and so on. Pota gets a few pages written, but ultimately rejects each one for a variety of reasons (too much research required, it's been done to death, ludicrous concept).
Oh sure, there's the appealing notion of penning a sex book. People will coo and wink naughtily at parties, especially when you reveal your title: "A Sexual Biography of My Wife." (Your wife, in this case Eugene's wife Polly, on the other hand, is none too thrilled.) But when the title is all you've got, well...
Here Heller presents a scarily realistic view of the horrors of writer's block, and proves he has perhaps the only sure-fire method of alleviating it: Write about your writer's block.
In the midst of doing exactly that, Heller presents a three-dimensional figure in Pota. The book lives up to its title, as Eugene feels his age and struggles to capture a glimmer of what he once had. ("Catch-22," anyone?) "Portrait" is very much a story of an artist struggling to keep a grip on his craft, as it is the only thing he has left. It also provides an appealing look into the artist's creative process, and hints as to what was running through Heller's mind while penning his other works, like "Something Happened," "God Knows" and "Picture This."
Also deserving of praise is the way Heller captures the characters of Pota and Polly. Eugene is a man struggling to keep busy and recapture his former glory, which also includes looking in on a couple ex-lovers and old flames, of which there are many. While not quite as three-dimensional as her husband, we see little glimpses of Polly's motivation. And one wonders how the Heller marriage fared in his waning years; if the Potas are as autobiographical as the rest of the novel seems to be, theirs was a marriage that had sunken into mutual distaste and even a hint of hatred brought upon by old age. It's disturbing to behold.
It's a relatively short work, one that doesn't even come close to approaching the magnitude of "Catch-22." Which is exactly Heller's point, and makes "Portrait" all the more breathtaking. This a cautionary tale, both envy-inspiring and frightening to aspiring writers (I tremble as I type this), and a work that could have, in all honesty, probably been written by any struggling poet with a title but no song.
But Heller is the one who wrote it, and he can rest easy in the knowledge that anyone else who dares attempt such a tale will merely be following in his giant footsteps.
Wanted to like this book soooo much. Catch-22 is one of my favorite books and the idea/plot behind POTA is such a great idea ... but the execution and writing is just horrendous.
Ah! What a way to go! Joseph Heller's final novel is a comfortable fit, brilliantly conceived and finely executed. It delivers the finishing flourish he clearly desired, and pays homage to other writers he had known or admired. (Heller checked out in 1999.) The story line follows an aging novelist, Eugene Pota, struggling to find his next big idea. At the end of a career which began brilliantly (with a first novel that swept the world of both critics and readers, and became an enduringly popular movie), Pota's subsequent work has been good and happily received, but inevitably disappointing. Heller turns the autobiographical nature of this tale to excellent advantage, occasionally using the plural pronoun "we" to speak for both the fictive and the actual author. Many of the chapters comprise false starts -- the first few triumphant pages of Pota's attempted new book, which soon peter out. Heller casually uses "Catch-22," the idea he added to our lexicon, having fun with both its catchet and the wonder of his fortune. His attempts to modernize Twain, Kafka and Greek mythology provide opportunity to comment on storytellers through the centuries. Pota's lecture at a university in South Carolina, and Tom Sawyer's imagined search for a literary tutor, occasion disturbing looks at the pantheon of successful authors in the 19th and 20th Centuries. The high incidence of alcoholism, drug dependence, depression and suicide is striking. Few financially successful writers maintain fiscal stability for long, and more than a few have wound up destitute. As he observes, "It is almost enough to chill the heart of a parent whose child declares the wish to seek a career as an author!" Closing the book after reading the well-wrought conclusion, I saw my own reflection between the words in the shiny library cover which did nothing to lighten my introspection. "At least," I told my winking self, "You don't have the albatross of early success strung 'round your neck." If this is not Heller at his slam-dunk peak, it is still a masterful work by a craftsman of the first rank.