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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  478 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Novelette length collection of tweets published over a period of ten days. Science fiction.
ebook, 50 pages
Published June 2nd 2012 by newyorker.com (first published 2012)
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Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
"Scatola nera" è un’originalissima spy story scritta dall’autrice Premio Pulitzer di "Il tempo è un bastardo", Jennifer Egan. E' una storia nata per essere pubblicata su Twitter, ossia scandita in brevi porzioni di testo non più lunghe di 140 caratteri. Minimum Fax, attraverso il proprio account, twitta il libro della Egan, tradotto dal bravissimo Matteo Colombo (un impresa tutt'altro che facile la sua), al ritmo di un cinguettio al minuto; razioni di testo tornano ad avvicendarsi negli spazi ri ...more
Benjamin
Black Box is another story by Egan, along the lines of her narrative experiments in A Visit From The Goon Squad. A story told in Twitter-size sentences, moments of bizarre poetry happen on nearly every page. Using a second-person limited (I think?) point of view is confusing at times, and has an ethereal quality at others. The 'black box' is what you're reading, a tape of narrated instructions of the agent's spy work as she does her mission. An interesting technique, but a little unweildy.

The in
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David Sarkies
Apr 17, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People
Recommended to David by: Some internet course
Shelves: sci-fi
The death of the traditional book
21 April 2013

Despite this being a novella and also appearing in a magazine, I simply could not leave off making some comments on this rather unusual piece of literature. I guess this is something that you would call post-modern, but the way the story is constructed, and the uniqueness of it, is what makes it intriguing. Basically it is a simple spy story, but it was originally told through a number of Twitter posts over a period of a week and the story unfolds t
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Shawn Camp
Why is it some reviewers are so easy to provide 5 or 4 *s just because they are fans of the author, are first to review, or just can't say a bad thing because they don't want to hurt someone feelings?

That's how I feel with Black Box,I agree it's unique and interesting, but did I really enjoy it or consider it the best? That's what we're essentially saying here by giving it anything more than 3 stars. With three were saying that we liked it, with two its just ok, and one we disliked it.

So how di
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Pamela
J Egan, I have reevaluated your writing...I wrote a very unhappy, negative review of your novel, A Visit From The Goon Squad, here on GR, which I continue to recall with unhappy shudders.

But this story--what a delight! And reading it this afternoon in the early fall warm sunshine in my backyard, a stack of New Yorkers before me, I completely forgot that it had been originally published via Twitter, and that each line meets Twitter's demands of 140 characters or less.

Certainly I was aware that ea
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Junta
Jul 23, 2015 Junta rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Twitter users, secret agents
Recommended to Junta by: Undergraduate literature course
Ever read a short story which was serialised on Twitter? Black Box by Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan was published by the New Yorker Twitter account over nine days in 2012, and hence is comprised of lines containing less than 140 characters.

Below is part 1 of 47:
People rarely look the way you expect them to, even when you've seen pictures.

The first thirty seconds in a person's presence are the most important.

If you're having trouble perceiving and projecting, focus on projecting.

Necessary i
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Nellie Airoldi
Ed è così che, in meno di un’ora, ci si ritrova a ridere, pensare, immaginare, stupirsi, librarsi. Perché Scatola Nera di Jennifer Egan è un mix di emozioni e di azioni che lasciano il lettore, soprattutto al primo incontro con la scrittrice, soddisfatto ma assetato, come quando si mangia un brownies appena sfornato e se ne vorrebbe ancora, ancora e poi ancora.

http://justanotherpoint.wordpress.com...
Maria  (Scratchbook)
http://startfromscratchblog.blogspot....

Non avevo mai letto nulla di Jennifer Egan e non sapevo se, approcciandomi all'autrice attraverso un testo così particolare, sarei riuscita ugualmente a cogliere il suo stile e a capire, di conseguenza, se fosse affine ai miei gusti; dubbi che ho preferito abbandonare alla prima pagina e, denudata da ogni pretesa di voler far analisi, mi sono addentrata nella storia con semplicità e disimpegno.

Questo nuovo modo di far letteratura, per quanto interessante p
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Venuskitten
This is a spy thriller but with an intriguing angle The story is told from the point of view of the female spy; a "beauty" or honey trap whose task is to lure a specific male target and record intelligence she obtains from him. The text is in the form of extracts from the spy handbook which reflect the action As it happens.

The story was originally published in daily instalments in a newspaper and is written in the form of tweets.

The story and its style are original, clever and inventive; typica
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Erik Erickson
An interesting little story. I was confused until I learned from the other reviewers that it was originally tweeted, hence the bizarre format. I thought it was supposed to be a set of instructions prior to the agent's deployment but that theory broke when it became obvious things weren't hypothetical, that they were actually happening. Not sure why it's written like it is (if-then format) but it was enjoyable. I'm not convinced twitter makes for good storytelling unless used in extremely specifi ...more
Dalbro
Sort Boks er en kort (og lidt mærkelig) spionhistorie. Vi følger en ung kvindelig skønhed der er undercover og skal infiltrere magtens mænd. Hendes krop er den sorte boks ser indeholder vigtig information og gennem indopereret teknologi, kan hun sende nødsignaler, tage billeder (ved hjælp af et kamera i hendes øje), optage samtaler (ved hjælp af en mikrofon i hendes øre) og meget andet.

Hun er sendt ud på en farlig opgave, som hun kun kan komme ud af på to måder - ved succesfuldt at få fat i de o
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Suni
Il concetto di "esperimento letterario" mi inquieta sempre un po'. Aggiungiamoci pure che in questo caso specifico si tratta di un romanzo nato su Twitter e composto da twit... e insomma, ero prevenutissima.
Ma vuoi la brevità, vuoi che tutto sommato a un Premio Pulitzer un'occasione la si dà, ieri pomeriggio l'ho letto.
Che dire? Applausi per Egan, che sviluppa una vera e propria spy story moderatamente fantascientifica, ambientata in un futuro imprecisato ma presumibilmente prossimo, e ce la rac
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Le Paginestrappate
http://lepaginestrappate.wordpress.co...

[...] Mi aspettavo una cosa breve, un esercizio di scrittura costipato dalle barriere asfissianti di un tweet e risolta su un gioco di sarcasmo e massime da bar, come spesso è la comunicazione via twitter. Invece, sorprendetemente, Scatola nera è un racconto piuttosto lungo, con una sua trama e una forma funzionante. [...]
Tilde
Spændende eksperiment, der holder en fanget - det ene "tweet"/afsnit tager det andet. Kunne også godt lide, at alle sætninger var skrevet som instruktioner direkte til "dig".

Men novellen/skriften/whatever er også hurtigt glemt og selve historien (en spion, der forsøger at skaffe sig oplysninger) er ikke specielt original, på trods af beskrivelsen af diverse moderne teknologier indbygget i hovedkarakterens krop.

En hyggesjov halv time, men det er så også det.
Paula
Hummmm... interessante como um ensaio para testar diferentes formatos de prosa. Aqui, no caso, em pequenos trechos de 140 caracteres, como se fossem tweets. Mas a história não chega a empolgar. Originalmente publicado na revista The New Yorker, acho que não valia ter transformado em livro.
Ineke
Heel bijzonder...een boek geschreven in de vorm van aforismen..en dat wordt dan toch een verhaal. Zelfs een liefdesroman. Hoe kan ze dit doen? ze experimenteerde in Bezoek van de Knokploeg ook met een stuk geschreven als een power point presentatie, heel gevoelig. Ik ben een fan.
K's Bognoter
Jennifer Egan har begået, hvad der angiveligt er verdens første “twitterroman”.

Sort boks er en simpel spionhistorie om en amerikansk kvinde, der er på spionmission et sted ved Middelhavet. Hendes opgave er – med sin skønhed som det vigtigste våben og med kroppen fuld af højteknologiske implantater – at komme tæt på en mand og aflytte ham og hans forretningsforbindelser.

Twitterelementet består i, at hele romanen er fortalt i små tekststumper, der overholder twitterformatets krav om maksimalt 140
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Fati
I wasn't sure about this when I started reading it, but the more I read, the more I liked! She has some lovely lines there, and I found the way the story was written to be very clever and it worked. Definitely worth a read.
Judith
I am using this story as the conclusion to a class in NYer short stories because it requires the reader to become a writer - that is, the reader has to interpret the information provided in each segment and create a narrative for herself. Brava, Jen Egan - once again you've led me in a direction (science fiction this time, rock music last with Goon Squad) I didn't want to go. I have to figure out how the statements work as tweets because troglodyte that I am, I don't know.

To prepare for an exami
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Steffi
Ein Twitter-Roman, ein Krimi, eine Agentengeschichte, Science Fiction? Eigentlich von allem etwas. In Kurzmitteilungen entwickelt sich eine spannende, überraschende, beunruhigende Geschichte.
Nikki Noelle
Mar 11, 2014 Nikki Noelle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of experimental fiction
Recommended to Nikki by: SilverEagle
Well. That was an experience. I would prefer to give this 3.5 stars, but I'm leaning toward 3 since I have to pick one. It was a very unique voice, and an engaging, ethereal story.
Jane
In all honesty, I'm not a huge Egan fan . . . That said, I absolutely loved this. I found the story in 2013's The Best American Nonrequired Reading. I buy the BANR every year and have culled some favorites from each edition, like a couple years ago when Karen Russell stole my heart with Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Guess this kind of turned into a love letter to BANR. I digress . . .
Per Vad
Som sci fi-agent-thriller er den lidt fjollet. Som leg med twitter-formattet og undersøgelses af tweets poetiske potentiale er den vellykket.
Valentina
Immagino scenari surreali, dove olgettine, escort & co. sono in realtà membri insospettabili di un'organizzazione di spionaggio che salverà il mondo.
Ali
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Rachel
Really clever. A novella written in 8 tweets per chapter, science fiction, with the most fascinating use of the predictive conditional future tense. So assured. Loved it.
Chantel McCray
Jennifer Egan is such an innovative writer, proven once again with Black Box. A novella (novelette?) released in tweets over the course of ten evenings. The story takes the shape of a spy log, with each tweet being an entry in the log. I'm not sure how I feel about the format of it's release, I preferred reading each evening tweets as a whole rather than as they were released because that's just how my brain works, but the story itself was clever and original. Definitely worth checking out. You ...more
Blain
I first read this in the New Yorker as a complete work and later learned that it was origionaly published as a series of Tweets. This is the first work of Jennifer Egan's that I've read and I'll be looking to read more of her work in the future. The style of the writing is fantastic, making use of the Twitter format but more importantly entirely logical within the context of the story. There are two small plot points I think are a bit rough but the short format demanded the action happen quickly ...more
Bruno
Tre e mezzo.

Intrigante, originalissimo e divertente.
Nanna Skytte
Sjov lille stiløvelse. Værd at bruge en time eller to på.
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Jennifer Egan was born in Chicago and raised in San Francisco. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and St John's College, Cambridge.

She is the author of three novels, The Invisible Circus, Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award, and the bestselling The Keep, and a short story collection, Emerald City. She has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, McSweeney's and
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