Seven Lies: A Novel

Seven Lies: A Novel

by James Lasdun
     
 

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“Superb. . . . Every page of this narration bears examples of Lasdun’s own poetic mastery. . . . Shockingly vivid.”—Time Out
Part political thriller, part meditation on the nature of desire and betrayal, Seven Lies tells the story of Stefan Vogel, a young East German, whose yearnings for love, glory, and freedom express themselves in a

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“Superb. . . . Every page of this narration bears examples of Lasdun’s own poetic mastery. . . . Shockingly vivid.”—Time Out
Part political thriller, part meditation on the nature of desire and betrayal, Seven Lies tells the story of Stefan Vogel, a young East German, whose yearnings for love, glory, and freedom express themselves in a lifelong fantasy of going to America. By a series of increasingly dangerous maneuvers, he makes this fantasy come true, his past seemingly locked behind the Berlin Wall and a new life of unbounded bliss ahead of him. But then his world begins to fall apart.

Editorial Reviews

The New Republic
“A surprising and nuanced novel . . . that skillfully blends the political and the personal.”
New York Sun
“Poet James Lasdun confirms his career as an important novelist. . . . Macabre but sensationally authentic.”
Toronto Globe and Mail
“Pitch-perfect. . . . And what finely wrought characters. . . . [Seven Lies’s] complex plot falls into place with the irresistible inevitability of a clockwork’s gears and levers.”
Marcus Eliason - Associated Press
“Grimly funny, painfully sad, and beautifully written.”
Associated Press Staff
Grimly funny, painfully sad, and beautifully written.— Marcus Eliason

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393329087
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/17/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

James Lasdun is the author of The Horned Man and Seven Lies, as well as six collections of poetry. He teaches creative writing at Columbia University and The New School and lives in upstate New York.

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