“Central Park West Trilogy” includes three novels originally published separately and collected for the first time in a single volume.
Published by BeTimes Books on August 2014.
Postmodern fables, dark, shocking, perversely funny, wickedly astute, and compulsively readable, they share Kalich’s ferocious energy and unique vision. Together, they break down standard notions of plot, character and form a body of work that is distinctive and brilliant.
"The Nihilesthete" (nominated for a Pen/Faulkner Award, The Hemingway Award, a National Book Award, and Pulitzer Prize) introduces us to Kalich’s dark world, where a spiritually desolate caseworker plays increasingly sadistic games with a limbless, speechless idiot with a painter’s eye. This enigmatic physically diminished esthete will reveal not only his true essence, but the very center of what it means to be human.
"Penthouse F" is a cautionary tale that takes the form of an inquiry into the suicide—or murder?—of a young boy and girl in the Manhattan penthouse of a writer named Richard Kalich. Blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, kindness and cruelty, love and obsession, guilt and responsibility, writer and character, "Penthouse F" is a critical examination of an increasingly voyeuristic society, a metafiction where Kalich the writer, Kalich the person and Kalich the character all merge together, as the reader must pick through the confusion to discover the truth.
"Charlie P" dispenses with a conventional narrative altogether, as we follow the comic misadventures of a singularly unique, comic and outlandish Everyman. At age three, when his father dies, he decides to overcome mortality by becoming immortal: by not living his life, he will live forever. Akin to other great American icons such as Sinclair Lewis’s Babbit and Forrest Gump, Charlie P, while asocial and alienated, is, at the same time, at the heart of the American dream.
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- A New Novel by Robert Kalich titled David Lazar, A New York Life, to be published by Bunim & Bannigan Books
- A New Novel by Richard Kalich titled The Assisted Living Facility Library, to be published by Dalkey Archive Press
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HANDICAPPER," was a Best-Seller
for Crown Publishers, a B. Dalton Best-Seller and a Book-of-the
Month Club Selection. A second novel, the psychological
TWIN LIFE," was published by Kodansha in Japan. His third novel, "THE INVESTIGATION OF ARIEL WARNING" was published in April 2012, by MacAdam Cage.
first novel, "THE
NIHILESTHETE," garnered great critical
praise when published in the US by Permanent Press. Winner of The New American Award and selected by the Philadelphia reviewer, Carlin Romano, as one of the twenty four "Most Noteworthy" novels of 1987. Additionally chosen to represent U.S. titles at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Finalist for the National Book Award; nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and heralded by the San Francisco Chronicle as "one of the most powerful books of the decade." "THE
NIHILESTHETE" has been published in Bulgaria, Denmark, England, Germany, Holland, Israel, Russia, Sweden, and Turkey. A second novel, "THE
ZOO," was published in U.S. and Japan. It is presently being adapted
to be a major animated motion picture. A third novel, "CHARLIE
P," has won extraordinary acclaim when published by Green Integer in the U.S. and soon after in Russia, Turkey, and Bulgaria. Richard Kalich's fourth novel, "PENTHOUSE F," has been published by Green Integer in the U.S. in March 2011. It will be published in Turkey and Russia as well. It has received great praise from such esteemed literati as Brian Evenson, Brian McHale, Warren Motte, Christopher Leise, Blake Butler, and Trevor Dodge.
The Kalichs have sold their original material (scripts, stories, novels) to Hollywood Pictures, Bruckheimer Films, Shooting Gallery, and have developed a thriller with Peters Entertainment and a major animated theatrical with Starz Animation. They are presently producing two of their own scripts as Independent films. Both Robert Kalich's novel, "THE INVESTIGATION OF ARIEL WARNING," and Richard Kalich's novel, "PENTHOUSE F," are being adapted for film production.
The Kalichs have partnered with Barrie M. Osborne (Producer of Lord of the Rings; The Matrix) to produce several of their original properties.