Monday, April 14, 2008

STEVE GILLIS - temporary people

Dzanc says, "Dzanc Books imprint Black Lawrence Press is proud to announce the release of its latest title, Steven Gillis's Temporary People. Order Temporary People online at (don't mind that "Sold Out" status, the book is in stock and will be shipped immediately) or, or pick it up at your local indy bookstore.

As thoroughly dark and thoroughly humane as Vonnegut's apocalyptic novels like Cat's Cradle and Galapagos, Temporary People is a suspenseful tale about history, hope, oppression, and modes of resistance. Gillis's world is richly imagined, his voice is clear, and his plot is intricate, as is his moral. In fact, this novel seems much more interested in probing and dramatizing the deep philosophical paradoxes of revolutionary thought than in providing any pat answer. Here's a fable for our time, and for just about any other time you can imagine.
--Chris Bachelder, author of U.S.! Minimalist-cum-fabulist

Steven Gillis synthesizes nearly every Twentieth Century calamity from World War II to the Balkans to Desert Storm into this fable of the oppressed country Bamerita, which drifts about the seas unhinged from any continent. His idealistic and erudite hero finds his peaceful revolution thwarted and contemplates the holes in Gandhi's many aphorisms while his people are mutilated in grand spectacle on film. Temporary People is a vicious and compelling storyboard for our time.
--Jeff Parker, author of Ovenman

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