by Tim Krabbe
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Initially published in Holland in 1978, Le Coureur instantly became a cult classic, selling over 100,000 copies.Brilliantly conceived and written at a frantic pace, it is a love, imagination, and, above all, passionate about the art of road bike racingNot dry sports history, The Runner is loved as an odyssey bike, a literary masterpiece that describes in detail in the menu, 150 kilometers of running barely 150 pagesThe Runner is the ultimate book for cycling enthusiasts as well as the chair sports enthusiastsTim Krabbe is one of Holland’s great writers, and his novels are published all over the worldHis many books include The Flight, which was made in a successful film, and The CaveHe lives in AmsterdamThe pilot is an excellent reading and a great rideKrabbe is a half-day race, delivered kilometer by kilometer on the page, indicates the sport for what it is: painful, exhilarating, tactical, relational, fast, slow, dangerous, consumption, subject to mechanical failure, heroic, futile”Donald Antrim”there is something about Krabbe’s spare writing style that puts even the uninitiated to sleep the reader in a kind of trance probably not unlike that of the long distance racer stops moving closer to the finish lineTime Out New York Irresistibleradiated by an intense love of cycling and fascination with the nature of the experience of running[Krabbe] captures the rhythm of the raceThe Economist’A meditation complex on the nature of extreme physical or mental exertion, wrapped in the appearance of a simple account of a racing bikeIt will let you spin, titillated, and relieved that you did not break the bones while experiencing”-Bookforum
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