AMAZONIA: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot-Com Juggernaut was published by The New Press in June 2004. You can buy a copy online at (surprise!), Barnes & Noble--and, of course, at your favorite neighborhood bookstore.

Born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1959, James Marcus is a critic, novelist, and translator of Italian literature. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Los Angeles Times Book World, Newsday, Salon, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The Village Voice, and many other publications. His translations include Goffredo Parise's Abecedary (Northwestern/Marlboro), Leonardo Sciascia's Sicily As Metaphor (Marlboro), Oriana Fallaci's Inshallah (Doubleday), Tullio Kezich's Dino: The Life and Films of Dino De Laurentiis (Miramax), and Saul Steinberg's Letters to Aldo Buzzi, and he is a past winner of the PEN/Renato Poggioli Translation Prize.

You can hear James Marcus discuss Amazonia, e-commerce, and the brave new world of online criticism by clicking on the following links:

NPR/All Things Considered (July 25)

KPCC/Talk of the City (July 7)

You can also hear David Kipen's NPR review here:

NPR/Day to Day (June 16)

photo: Shonna Valeska

Elsewhere on this site, you can read reviews and advance praise for the book, the first chapter, a partial bibliography of work by James Marcus, his recent interview with Harold Bloom, his 2000 conversation with the late Susan Sontag, and a transcription of a conversation between the author and noted Amazon-watcher Henry Blodget, which took place at the Housing Works Cafe in New York on July 27. If you'd like to contact the author, click here.


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