Information about Brautigan's 'Sombrero Fallout'
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Note: Sombrero Fallout is currently out-of-print in the US, but you can order the Rebel Inc. edition, which includes an introduction by Kevin Williamson.
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Short Reviews

Adams, Phoebe-Lou. "Sombrero Fallout by Richard Brautigan." The Atlantic Monthly November 1976: 118.

Anonymous. "Review of Sombrero Fallout." The Booklist 15 Sept. 1976: 120.

Anonymous. "Review of Sombrero Fallout: A Japanese Novel." Choice January 1977: 1433.

Anonymous. "Review of Sombrero Fallout." Kirkus Review 15 July 1976: 805.

Bannon, Barbara A. "Sombrero Fallout: A Japanese Novel." Publishers Weekly 26 July 1976: 68.

Brooks, Jeremy. "Eight of the Best." The Sunday Times [London] 3 Apr. 1977: 40.

Daum, Timothy. "Review of Sombrero Fallout." Library Journal 101(17) 1 Oct. 1976: 2084.

Edwards, Thomas. "Books in Brief: Five Novels." Harper's Magazine October 1976: 100.

Glendinning, Victoria. "Enter, Pursued by a Bear." The Observer 3 Apr. 1977: 26.

Howard, Phillip. "Fiction?." The Times [London] 14 Apr. 1977: 12.

Lingeman, Richard R. "Getting a Fix on Fall Books." The New York Times Book Review 29 Aug. 1976: Section 7, Pages 6-7.

Shapiro, Laura. "Books in Brief: Atwood, Brautigan, and Reunions." Mother Jones 1.9 (December 1976): 62-63.

Treglown, Jeremy. "Kithflicks." New Statesman 8 Apr. 1977: 471.

Walters, Ray. "Paperbacks: New and Noteworthy." The New York Times Book Review 15 Jan. 1978: 27.


Medium-Length Reviews

Ackroyd, Peter. "Whimsies." Spectator 2 Apr. 1977: 27-28.

Bednarczyk, A. "Richard Brautigan: Sombrero Fallout." Best Sellers (36) Jan. 1977: 315.

Britton, Erin. "Sombrero Fallout, by Richard Brautigan." BookHugger August 25, 2012.

Carr, Adam. "Mexican Hats Miss Their Mark." The Times [London] 30 May 1987: 19.

Casey, Charles. "A Zany, Three-Stage Plot Under One Sombrero." St. Louis Post-Dispatch 16 Jan. 1977: 4B.

Cole, Olivia. "Sun Screens." British GQ. August 2012.

Mount, Ferdinand. "The Novel of the Narcissus." Encounter 48.6 (June 1977): 51-58.


Longer Reviews

Beaver, Harold. "Dead Pan Alley." Times Literary Supplement 1 Apr. 1977: 392.

Christgau, Robert. "A Frigid Hat" The New York Times Book Review 10 Oct. 1976: Section 7, Page 4.

Clay, Carolyn. "Stetson Stunts." Boston Phoenix 21 Sept. 1976: 15.

Hess, Mickey. "A Year in Reading: Mickey Hess." The Millions 21 Dec. 2008.


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Critical Studies

Cüpper. Mélanie. "Less is more or less: Richard Brautigan: Willard and His Bowling Trophies - A Perverse Mystery, Sombrero Fallout - A Japanese Novel?," Bulletin de l'Association des Germanistes diplômés de l'Université de Liège, numéro 15, mars 2003

Stewart, Joan Hinde. "Sombrero Fallout: A Japanese Novel." Magill's Literary Annual. Ed. Frank N. Magill. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1978. 785.



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Criticism in other Languages


Agosto, Marie-Christine. "Sombrero Fallout: structure narrative." Les Cahiers de Fontenay 28-29 (December 1982): 141-153.


Herfurth, Peter. "Richard Brautigan: Sombrero vom Himmel."


See John Barber's Brautigan Bibliography plus+(external link) for more information on Sombrero Fallout: A Japanese Novel


Wish List

To the best of my knowledge, the following articles also discuss Sombrero Fallout, but I do not have a copy. If you have a copy and would be willing to share it with the Brautigan community, please contact me at birgit at cybernetic-meadows.net.

Hume, Kathryn. "Anarchic Cities: Brautigan, Delany and the Cyberworld Writers," in American Dream, American Nightmare: Fiction since 1960 University of Illinois Press, 2002: 210-213.

Sarcandzieva, Rada. "Precistvastijat Smjah Na Ricard Brotigan. Cudovisteto Hoklan; Edno Sombrero Pada Ot Nebeto". [The Purifying Laugh of Richard Brautigan in Monster and Sombrero.] Sofia: Narodna Kultura, n.d.

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