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The Fortress of Solitude

(2003)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."

This is the story of 1970s America, a time when the most simple human decisions-what music you listen to, whether to speak to the kid in the seat next to you, whether to give up your lunch money-are laden with potential political, social and racial disaster. This is the story of 1990s America, when no one cared anymore.

This is the story of punk, that easy white rebellion, and crack, that monstrous plague. This is the story of the loneliness of the avant-garde artist and the exuberance of the graffiti artist.

This is the story of what would happen if two teenaged boys obsessed with comic book heroes actually had superpowers: They would screw up their lives.

This is the story of joyous afternoons of stickball and dreaded years of schoolyard extortion. This is the story of belonging to a society that doesn't accept you. This is the story of prison and of college, of Brooklyn and Berkeley, of soul and rap, of murder and redemption.

This is the story Jonathan Lethem was born to tell. This is THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE.

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"Lethem has done a number of things here, any one of which is impossible for any but the very finest novelists. He has vividly and lovingly and truthfully, through thrilling evocation of its music, its popular culture, its street games, argot, pharmacology, social mores and racial politics, recreated a world, a moment in history that I would have thought lost and irrecoverable. He has created, in young Dylan, a genuine literary hero. He has reinvented and reinvigorated the myths of the superhero, of black-white relations, of New York City itself. But most of all, from my point of view, he captures precisely - as only a great novelist can - how it feels to love the world that is, on a daily basis, kicking your ass." - Michael Chabon


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Hardback Editions

December 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Fortress of Solitude
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem
ISBN: 0-7862-5996-5 / 978-0-7862-5996-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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September 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Fortress of Solitude: A Novel
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem
ISBN: 0-385-50069-6 / 978-0-385-50069-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

January 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Fortress of Solitude
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem
ISBN: 0-571-21935-7 / 978-0-571-21935-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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August 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Fortress of Solitude
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem
ISBN: 0-375-72488-5 / 978-0-375-72488-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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August 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Fortress of Solitude
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem
ISBN: 0-571-21936-5 / 978-0-571-21936-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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January 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Fortress of Solitude
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem
ISBN: 0-571-21933-0 / 978-0-571-21933-9 (UK edition)
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October 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fortress of Solitude
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem
ISBN: 0-571-21934-9 / 978-0-571-21934-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Fortress of Solitude, The
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem
ISBN: 1-4000-9534-4 / 978-1-4000-9534-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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Audio Editions

August 2004 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Fortress of Solitude
Author(s): David Aaron Baker
ISBN: 0-7393-1583-8 / 978-0-7393-1583-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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October 2003 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Fortress of Solitude
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem
Publisher: Random House Audio
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October 2003 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Fortress of Solitude
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Fortress of Solitude
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem
ISBN: 0-7393-0646-4 / 978-0-7393-0646-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2003 : USA Audio CD

Title: Fortress of Solitude
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem
ISBN: 0-7366-9527-3 / 978-0-7366-9527-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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August 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Fortress of Solitude
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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September 2004 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Fortress of Solitude
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem
Publisher: Vintage
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