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The Ethiopian Exhibition

Stuefloten, D.N.

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ISBN 10: 0932511856 / ISBN 13: 9780932511850
Published by Black Ice Books, Boulder and Normal, 1994
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Title: The Ethiopian Exhibition

Publisher: Black Ice Books, Boulder and Normal

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Pb.

Book Condition:VG-

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While World War II rages in Europe, John Twelve climbs onto a four-cylinder Indian Motorcycle and Crosses Ethiopia, searching for truth, for beauty, for mystery. At the same time, a modern American girl strolls the streets of Puerto Vallarta, where she is accosted by a film director—actually Ahmed, an Ethiopian murderer. He is making a film, he explains, about a man crossing the Ethiopian desert on a motorcycle. The girl accepts a starring role—and with this embarks on an adventure that takes her beyond the limits of ordinary reality. Her companions on this mystery tour include Sheba, the 3,000-year-old Queen of Ethiopia; Prestor John, the legendary King of Ethiopia; and the Emperor Halle Selassie, the Conquering Lion of Judah. The innocent American girl, now called Dominique, watches the amazement and alarm as the worl reveals and escoteric reality that she never knew existed. In The Ethiopian Exhibition Stuefloten continues his obsessive examination of delusion and violence begun with his first novel, Maya.

About the Author:

D.N. Stuefloten is an American novelist who spent most of his life wandering around the world, ignoring--and being ignored by--the American literary establishment. His editors at Fiction Collective Two, Ron Suckenick and Curtis White, called him an Outsider-Artist, and the description seems apt. FC2 published four of his novels, "Maya" in 1992, "The Ethiopian Exhibition" in 1994, "Mexico Trilogy" in 1996, and "The Wilderness" in 2000.  During this time Stuefloten's stories appeared in various literary magazines, including Black Ice, Santa Monica Review, and three anthologies from FC2 ( "Avant Pop", 1993, "Degenerate Prose", 1995, and "In the Slipstream: An FC2 Reader" in 1999). His novels began receiving good reviews, most notably in the Washington Post Book World where his work was compared to that of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the French writers Alain Robbe-Grillet and Marguerite Duras, and the eccentric Cuban writer, Severo Sarduy. Stuefloten also illustrated, with photos, Curtis White's novel, Anarcho-Hindu. FC2, however, went through a financial crisis when the NEA withdrew its grant at the urging of a congressman who objected to Stuefloten's work, which tended towards the erotic. Sukenick and White resigned, funding was restored, and Stuefloten moved to Amazon to begin his experiments with e-books and self-publishing.Stuefloten was a fisherman in the South Seas, a magician's assistant in East Africa, a smuggler in India, and a black market money-changer in Ceylon. He rode a motorcycle up the center of Australia, and from California to Panama, took a canoe along jungle rivers between Mexico and Guatemala--sleeping in Maya ruins and Indian villages--and lived with Moro pirates in the Sulu Sea. He ran a small mining company in British North Borneo, and worked as a dynamiter on oil exploration crews in Australia. He wrote several of his novels in Mexico. All his work reflects his adventurous life. 

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