Friday, December 20, 2013

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

After arriving in New York City 1977 we meet Reno, a young and ambitious artist determined to turn her fascination with motorcycles and danger into art. Reno’s trial-by-fire story alternates provocatively with the gripping tale of Valera, an Italian who serves in a motorcycle battalion in WWI, manufactures motorcycles including the coveted Moto Valera, and makes a fortune in the rubber industry by oppressing Indian tappers in Brazil. These worlds collide when Reno moves in with Sandro Valera, a sculptor estranged from his wealthy family, and tries to make art by racing a Moto Valera on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Ultimately, Reno ends up in Italy, where militant workers protest against the Valeras. Embracing the worlds of motorcycle racing, art and radical politics, The Flamethrowers sweeps us into the swirl of life amid a memorable group of characters to reveal what it's like to live on the edge or aspire to do so.


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