Eternity and Other Stories

Eternity and Other Stories

by Lucius Shepard
     
 

Here are seven stories from a master of the art. Viktor Chemayev is the Philip Marlowe of Russian detectives, a sad-eyed, heavy drinking romantic who refuses to stay beat. In the title novella of this extraordinary collection, he goes head-to-head with an Irish assassin in the depths of a Moscow nightclub in an attempt to win back his true love, who has been sold

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Here are seven stories from a master of the art. Viktor Chemayev is the Philip Marlowe of Russian detectives, a sad-eyed, heavy drinking romantic who refuses to stay beat. In the title novella of this extraordinary collection, he goes head-to-head with an Irish assassin in the depths of a Moscow nightclub in an attempt to win back his true love, who has been sold to the Beelzebub-like king of the Moscow underworld... Lucius Shepard is known for his dark, unpredictable vision, and in this assemblage of some of his best writing he takes us from Moscow to Africa; from the mountains of Iraq, where Specialist Charlie N. Wilson encounters a very different sort of enemy, to Central America, where a bloody-handed colonel meets his doom via lizards. In these seven tales Shepard's imagination spans the globe and, like an American Gabriel Garcia Marquez, refuses to be restricted by mere reality.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
The aptly entitled Eternity is Lucius Shepard's newest collection of genre-transcending stories. The spiritually themed collection includes seven thought-provoking and profoundly moving novellas that explore the war in Iraq and post-glasnost Russia, as well as the aftermath of 9/11.

In "A Walk in the Garden," a group of American operatives investigating a recently bombed mountainside in northern Iraq follow a cavern into the depths of an Islamic hell -- and improbable enlightenment. The Nebula Award–nominated "Crocodile Rock" revolves around a series of brutal murders in Africa by a sorcerer who claims to have evolved into something more than human and the unbeliever who finds unlikely salvation through him. "Jailwise" is a bizarre love story about an incarcerated artist and his even more bizarre muse. But perhaps the most chilling -- and unforgettable -- story is "Only Partly Here," which follows a 9/11 volunteer as he and his fellow workers clean up Ground Zero. Bobby, a Columbia grad student who has taken a year off from school, is helping to remove the rubble piece by piece, and each day he comes to the site he enters a nightmarish otherworld: "fires smouldering under the earth. It's like going to work in Mordor, the shadow everywhere... ashes and sorrow." After their shift ends, many of the overwhelmed workers go to a nearby bar to decompress. That's where Bobby meets a mysterious woman seeking resolution...

Readers who enjoyed Shepard's spiritual entreaty A Handbook of American Prayer will find Eternity and Other Stories to be a superb example of the author's extraordinary depth and diversity. Highly recommended. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560256625
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/09/2005
Pages:
442
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.23(d)

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