Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner is an American poet, novelist, essayist, and critic. He is known for his works such as 'Leaving the Atocha Station' and '10:04'. Lerner has received several awards and honors for his contributions to literature.


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  1. 1. 10:04

    In this introspective novel, the protagonist, a writer living in New York City, grapples with the concept of time and the potential of art amidst personal and global uncertainties. As he navigates a series of transformative experiences, including a potential medical diagnosis, the prospect of fatherhood through artificial insemination with a close friend, and the impact of Hurricane Sandy, he reflects on the intersections between his life, his work, and the socio-political climate. The narrative weaves between reality and fiction, exploring the fluidity of relationships, the anxiety of living in a world on the brink of climate catastrophe, and the role of literature in shaping human experience.

    The 5159th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Topeka School

    "The Topeka School" by Ben Lerner is a novel that explores the lives of a family in the Midwest during the 1990s. The story centers around Adam, a high school senior who is a talented debater and his parents, both psychologists. The book delves into the complexities of family dynamics, masculinity, and the power of language. It also touches on the rise of toxic masculinity and the political climate of the time. Through multiple perspectives and timelines, "The Topeka School" offers a unique and thought-provoking commentary on American culture and society.

    The 6899th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Leaving the Atocha Station

    The novel follows a young American poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid, Spain, where he grapples with his work, relationships, and sense of self. He struggles with his own perceptions of authenticity, both in his poetry and his personal life, while navigating the cultural and language barriers of a foreign country. The protagonist's experiences are marked by a constant tension between reality and artifice, as he questions the value and impact of his own art in the face of world events.

    The 8470th Greatest Book of All Time