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The Lives Of The Dead (signed)


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ISBN 10: 0671705318 / ISBN 13: 9780671705312
Published by Linden Press, New York, 1990
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Title: The Lives Of The Dead (signed)

Publisher: Linden Press, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hard Cover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First printing

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A novel about violence, sex and obsession, this is a portrayal of one man's attempt to find meaning amid chaos. Charlie Smith is the author of two previous novels, "Canaan" and "Shine Hawk".

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With this blisteringly beautiful novel, the author of Shine Hawk fashions an unforgettable realm, as violent as it is sensuous. Buddy Drake is a 43-year-old filmmaker with a cult following who is trying to find backers for his next project, to be based on a fictitious serial killer and his coterie. Drake's characters are at least as real to him as the people around him; as the narrative progresses, he becomes increasingly submerged in the world of his unmade movie. The balance between creator and creation is stretched beyond its limits. "I have given my life for them as they have given their lives for me," says Drake, ominously, unwittingly suggesting his own fate. Smith takes an almost Adamic joy in naming the forces that propel his hero (indeed, one member of the supporting cast, a sorrowing madman, is compiling his own dictionary). Images transmute in kaleidoscopic fashion--rapidly, brilliantly, constantly--swirling around Smith's steely aphorisms: "There was no way to tell the truth and ask for forgiveness too." His intricately patterned narrative, dissecting the figure and the figurations of an artist and raising inevitable questions about the relationship of author to oeuvre, ultimately questions, even redefines, the limits of invention.
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