The Exile

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Beneath the glitz of Hollywood stardom, David Caspian broods over a career turned sour. During waking fantasies that take him back in time to the horrors of Nazi Berlin, David becomes Felix, the ruthless Gestapo black marketeer. As reality and dream become inextricably merged, David must take control of Felix before Felix takes control of him. 288 pp.
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Beneath the glitz of Hollywood stardom, David Caspian broods over a career turned sour. During waking fantasies that take him back in time to the horrors of Nazi Berlin, David becomes Felix, the ruthless Gestapo black marketeer. As reality and dream become inextricably merged, David must take control of Felix before Felix takes control of him. 288 pp.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kotzwinkle's delightful new book seamlessly blends two genres: a sardonic, realistic Hollywood novel and an alluring psychologicalor is it occult?mystery. Middle-aged actor David Caspian, living in the Hollywood of properties, deals, unflappably pushy agents and wickedly self-deprecating chit-chat, begins to have hallucinations. He imagines himself a black marketer in Nazi Germany, trading in everything from nylons to stolen masterpieces. Most disturbingly, when his mind dissolves into this ``fourth dimension,'' his Nazi counterpart appears also to imagine himself crossing over. David's psychiatrist patiently works with him; his wife and daughter begrudge what they consider his desertion; and amidst the wise-cracking, cynical milieu of the cinema's company town, David's concern grows: Where will this lead? There's much fun to be had in The Exile, where Kotzwinkle Queen of Swords, etc. takes readers on a journey that is alternately comic and, better still, deliciously creepy. May 14
Library Journal
Even as he is resisting his agent's efforts to cast him in a famed director's latest space spectacular, actor David Caspian seems to have it made: his prominent career has earned him respect and money; his marriage is the ``perfect match'' of two ``nervy egotists.'' But increasingly, Caspian finds himself transported to World War II Berlin, where he assumes the identity of shady black marketeer Felix, who is dodging the Gestapo. Is Caspian going mad, or is he truly being reclaimed by the amoral Felix? The premise is intriguing, the execution less successful. The quick transitions between Hollywood and Berlin would perhaps be more effective in one of Caspian's films than they are here, and surprisingly, the double dealing in Berlin's underworld is less interesting than Caspian's effort in contemporary America to come to grips with himself. Nevertheless, Kotzwinkle's typically gritty black humor is evident throughout. Barbara Hoffert, ``Library Journal''
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Kotzwinkle writes unusual books, and this one is no exception. Here, actor David Caspian finds himself somehow transported back to World War II Berlin as a black marketeer wanted by the Gestapo. LJ's reviewer did not find the story entirely successful but did comment that the author's "typically gritty black humor is evident throughout" (LJ 5/15/87).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569247280
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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