The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a 2000 novel by American author Michael Chabon that won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001. The novel follows the lives of the title characters, a Czech artist named Joe Kavalier and a Brooklyn-born writer named Sam Clay—both Jewish—before, during, and after World War II. Kavalier and Clay become major figures in the nascent comics industry during its "Golden Age." Kavalier & Clay was published to "nearly unanimous praise" and became a New York Times Best Seller, receiving nominations for the 2000 National Book Critics Circle Award and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. In 2006, Bret Easton Ellis declared the novel "one of the three great books of my generation", and in 2007, The New York Review of Books called the novel Chabon's magnum opus. The novel's publication was followed by several companion projects, including two short stories published by Chabon that consist of material apparently written for the novel but not included: "The Return of the Amazing Cavalieri" in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern (2001), and "Breakfast in the Wreck" in The Virginia Quarterly Review (2004). In 2004, a semi-epilogue to the novel was published separately under the title "A Postscript", in Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950. From 2004 to 2006, Dark Horse Comics published two series of Escapist comic books based on the superhero stories described in the novel, some of which were written by Chabon.

The 229th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 1st on Paste Magazine's Best Books of the Decade(2000-2009) (Paste Magazine)
  2. - 3rd on The 10 Best of the Decade(2000) (Entertainment Weekly)
  3. - 6th on The 21st Century's 12 Greatest Novels (BBC)
  4. - 7th on A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon (Vulture)
  5. - 8th on The Ideal Library (Book)
  6. - 14th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  7. - 53rd on The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)
  8. - 57th on The 100 best books of the 21st century (The Guardian)
  9. - 67th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  10. - From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books (Jeff O'Neal at
  11. - Modern classics: 11 novels that belong in the classroom (
  12. - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
  13. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime ( (USA))
  14. - The Best Books of the 2000s (The Onion AV Club)