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The False Man
     

The False Man

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by David Antonelli
 

Imagine Hunter S. Thompson and Albert Camus meeting at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax and you would only have a glimpse of the literary pyrotechnics that lie in waiting when you pick up The False Man. A man is falsely tried for murdering a woman escapes from prison in Mexico and crosses the desert in search of a new identity. In a small town he is attacked by a

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Imagine Hunter S. Thompson and Albert Camus meeting at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax and you would only have a glimpse of the literary pyrotechnics that lie in waiting when you pick up The False Man. A man is falsely tried for murdering a woman escapes from prison in Mexico and crosses the desert in search of a new identity. In a small town he is attacked by a misanthropic German photographer and kills him in self-defense. He assumes the identify of the photographer and crosses the border, determined to get a job in LA in the fashion industry, in part to escape his old life before he was imprisoned, and in part to fulfill a bizarre philosophical obsession with the idea of falsity he acquired as a reaction and defense mechanism against his unjust treatment in Mexico. He arrives in LA and quickly bluffs his way onto the staff of a low-end alternative rock magazine run by an iconoclastic British journalist and his wife Vera. He immerses himself in the life of rock shows, drugs and women, while always paying service to his philosophical muse of duplicity. “How long does it take before lies become the truth?” he asks himself as he gradually learns to leave his past behind and truly merge with the life he is leading. He slowly falls in love with his all-too-virtuous coworker Nicola, which – at least for a moment – makes him want to shed his attachment to duplicity and his past. Meanwhile the millionaire magazine owner Wilkinson has decided to stop losing money and sell out to a Japanese firm devoted to teeny-bopper culture. Mark and Vera are determined to split away and start their own magazine and bring anyone with them they can. They have a meeting before a huge house warming party and once the drugs start flowing, reality becomes unhinged. In a wickedly funny turn of events Wilkinson does a complete flip-flop in his attitude and Vera seduces Robertson. As they make love in the dark, Robertson discovers a secret that threatens to expose his loyalty and uncover his past. The False man is a hymn to the city of Angels and the Hollywood lifestyle as much as it is a wry commentary on the modern culture of lies, media manipulation, and the true meaning of identity and our relationship with the past. It is a set of Chinese boxes filled with lie upon lie where the reader is invited to strip away the sensual excesses and explosive humor at the surface to try and find whatever truth may lie hidden inside. Like the best of Will Self, Nabokov and (Jeanette) Winterson this novel explodes with wry humor and literary invention on every page.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011283499
Publisher:
David Antonelli
Publication date:
04/28/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
679,305
File size:
315 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

David Antonelli was born in Chicago in 1963. He was educated at The University of Alberta, Oxford, Caltech, and MIT. In 2010 he published his first novel The Narcissist, followed by The False Man in 2011. His film credits include Inbetween (2008), which was nominated for awards at several international film festivals, Finding Rudolf Steiner (Documentary, Official Selection Calgary International Film Festival 2006, now available on DVD), Lucifer Gnosis (short), Forever (16 mm short), Dreaming (16 mm short, named in top three at the Montreal International Student Film Festival, 1989), La Toyson D’Or (16 mm short), and The Chalk Elephant (16 mm short). He currently lives in Cardiff and teaches at the University of Glamorgan.

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