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Bech At Bay

(1998)
A Quasi-novel
(A book in the Henry Bech series)
A novel by

 
 
Henry Bech, the moderately well known Jewish-American writer who served as the hero of John Updike's previous Bech: A Book (1970) and Bech Is Back (1982), has become older but scarcely wiser. In these five new chapters from his life, he is still at bay, pursued by the hounds of desire and anxiety, of unbridled criticism and publicity in a literary world ever more cheerfully crass. He fights intimations of annihilation in still-Communist Czechoslovakia, while promiscuously consorting with dissidents, apparatchiks, and Midwestern Republicans. Next, he succumbs to the temptations of power by accepting the presidency of a quaint and cosseted honorary body patterned on the Académie Franaise. Then, the reader finds him on trial in California and on a criminal rampage in a gothic Gotham, abetted by a nubile sidekick called Robin. Lastly, our septuagenarian veteran of the literary wars is rewarded with a coveted medal, stunning him into a well-deserved silence. It's not easy being Henry Bech in the post-Gutenbergian world, but somebody has to do it, and he brings to the task an indomitable mixture of grit and ennui.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

January 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: Bech at Bay: A Quasi-Novel
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-241-14027-7 / 978-0-241-14027-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd., London
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October 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bech at Bay: A Quasi-Novel (Quasi-Novels)
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-375-40368-X / 978-0-375-40368-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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Paperback Editions

May 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bech at Bay: A Quasi-Novel
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-14-028230-0 / 978-0-14-028230-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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November 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bech at Bay: A Quasi-Novel
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-14-027827-3 / 978-0-14-027827-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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October 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bech at Bay: A Quasi-Novel
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-449-00404-X / 978-0-449-00404-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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May 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bech at Bay
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-517-40247-5 / 978-0-517-40247-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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April 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bech at Bay : A Quasi-Novel
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-449-00565-8 / 978-0-449-00565-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Publishing Group
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March 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bech at Bay
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-7838-0264-1 / 978-0-7838-0264-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
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October 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bech at Bay: A Quasi-Novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-375-70417-5 / 978-0-375-70417-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: BECH AT BAY.
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-9650637-0-4 / 978-0-9650637-0-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: KNOPF.
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Audio Editions

October 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Bech at Bay and Before: Three Bech Novels
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-375-40499-6 / 978-0-375-40499-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

December 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Bech at Bay
Author(s): John Updike
Publisher: Random House
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