Samedi the Deafness by Jesse Ball
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One morning in the park James Sim discovers a man, crumpled on the ground, stabbed in the chest. In the man's last breath, he whispers his confession: Samedi.

What follows is a spellbinding game of cat and mouse as James is abducted, brought to an asylum, and seduced by a woman in yellow. Who is lying? What is Samedi? And what will happen on the seventh day?

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About Jesse Ball

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Jesse Ball (1978-) is an American poet and novelist. He is the author of Samedi the Deafness, released last year by Random House and shortlisted for the 2007 Believer Book Award. His first volume, March Book, appeared in 2004, followed by Vera & Linus (2006), and Parables and Lies (2008). His drawings were published in 2006 in Iceland in the volume Og svo kom nottin. He won the Plimpton Prize in 2008 for his novella, The Early Deaths of Lubeck, Brennan, Harp & Carr. His verse appeared in The Best American Poetry 2006. He is an assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Published July 15, 2008 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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each victim was carrying dire warnings from a revolutionary with the moniker “Samedi.” For his trouble, Sim is kidnapped by McHale’s doppelganger and taken to a “verisylum,” a baffling treatment center for chronic liars.

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He doesn’t lean too hard (maybe not hard enough) on the unmistakable political theme, even when Sim discovers a book written by Samedi that proclaims, “The nation that must be humbled is the nation in which the most had once been possible.” Mr. Ball, now 29, has been a visiting artist at the Sch...

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Open Letters Monthly

In one flashback, James recalls the beginning of his training to become a mnemonist: “Will I begin to remember older things more clearly,” he wonders then, “or just things from now on?” The fact that James can potentially remember most things he encounters plays up the centrality of interpretati...

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Gather Books

Lies form the foundation of Samedi the Deafness – but can truth be found in the midst of deceit?The character of Samedi has direct ties to “Baron Samedi,” the all-knowing loa of death from the Voodoo tradition, known for disruption, obscenity, debauchery.

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The Millions

This 28-year-old debut novelist is also a poet and an illustrator, and his prose, in Samedi the Deafness, leavens flights of hallucinatory vision with the arch diction and mannered dialogue of mid-twentieth-century British children’s novels.

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The Austinist

As the man bleeds to death, having just been stabbed in the chest, he confesses to James, "I was one of them, but I left, and they didn't want me to leave.

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