Amnesiascope by Steve Erickson
A Novel

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A washed-up novelist navigates the dreamscape of a cataclysm-ravaged Los Angeles
In the apocalyptic Los Angeles of Amnesiascope, time zones multiply freely, spectral figures roam the streets, and rings of fire separate the city from the rest of the country. The narrator, a former novelist, lives in a hotel and writes film criticism for a newspaper whose offices are located in a bombed-out theater. Viv, his girlfriend, is a sexually voracious artist, and together the two are collaborating on an avant-garde pornographic film. But in this world, what’s real and what’s merely the conjuring of the protagonist’s imagination—obsessed with dreams, movies, sex, and remembrance—is far from clear. At once outrageous and hypnotically lyrical, Amnesiascope enflames the reader’s memory.
 

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Steve Erickson is the author of six other acclaimed novels -- including "Days Between Stations" and "Tours of the Black Clock" -- as well as two books about American politics and popular culture. The editor of the literary magazine "Black Clock, " he also writes about film for "Los Angeles" and teaches at CalArts.
 
Published April 30, 2013 by Open Road Media. 225 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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will the little hooker ever move out of the narrator's apartment?--come off as sketches, their deadly flatness reeking of autobiography: ``Last time I caught a glimpse of my career as a novelist, before it disappeared altogether in the dark.'' Erickson is the Martha Stewart of decadence: Wh...

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