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Leaving the Hopi mesa of his people and his aging uncle, Oswald finds himself a porn movie actor in Hollywood and a soldier in Vietnam, and finally returns to his home, still in search of a meaningful place in society
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Paul West is the author of more than 20 novels and
a dozen works of non-fiction, most recently A Fifth of November, about the Gunpowder Plot of Guy Fawkes, and Master Class, a memoir of an MFA seminar. West’s awards include the Lannan Prize for Fiction, the Literature Prize of the American Academy, and the designation of Chevalier of Arts and Letters from the government of France. He studied at Oxford and Columbia Universities, and
in 2000 received the first Art-of-Fact Prize offered by the State University of New York.From Publishers Weekly:
West's astonishing new novel, which maps the lives of Indians in the American Southwest, reveals a Joycean genius in its exuberant play of language, and its epic and mythic resonances. A Hopi creation myththat of a divine Uncle who assigns the peopling of the mesas to his Nephew Sotuqnanguinfuses the kinship of the two main characters. Uncle George The Place In Flowers Where Pollen Rests is a venerable carver of kachina dolls, whose magical/sacred powers can quicken, heal or destroy. His nephew, Oswald Beautiful Badger Going Over The Hill, feels caught between Indian traditions and the crazy Anglo world of Palookaville, i.e., southern California, with its demand for Mickey Mouse kachinas. "Oz" becomes an extra in westerns, then a stud in porno films. His accidental strangling of Trudy Blue during a sex scene shatters and haunts him, though the deed is covered up. When Oswald fights in Vietnam, "pounding the Cong," his tutelary god Sotuqnangu narrates much of the tale. Oswald returns to the mesa, "a child of nature who had killed as nature killed," a visionary, a student of the stars, who must carve out a fresh role for himself. West's prose, dazzling in its fecundity, affirms the erotic nature of the literary act.
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