The Jamais Vu Papers: A Modern Quest for Ancient Wisdom

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In this fresh, experimental novel, a psychotherapist, Hector Glasco, attempts to cure Hilary, a jaded movie queen, of her ``perpetual sense of deja vu.'' Following the advice of a colleague who believes ``direct encounter with a common metaphor'' can create ``a state of jamais vu,'' Glasco slips Hilary a drug, ``the chemical equivalent of a metaphor.'' With a new outlook on life, Hilary vanishes from Glasco's office. The terrified doctor searches in poetry books for metaphoric clues to Hilary's disappearance and is catapulted into an extra-dimensional world where anything one fantasizes about becomes real--travels in time and space, dreams. Cleverly plotted and seminally integrating illustrations and text, this story introduces intriguing characters such as Llixgrijb, who symbolizes a creative force in the universe, and raises challenging questions about reality and fantasy and art. Is this book ``the creation of an insidious new art form?'' the authors ask. ``And what on earth is this new art form to be called? . . . Hoax verite, perhaps?'' The authors are a husband-and-wife team whose work has appeared in the Utne Reader and The Reality Club 2. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517575130
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/6/1991
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 327

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2004

    Musings of the Multiverse

    The Jamais Vu Papers was a book I thoroughly enjoyed due to its exploration of order emerging from chaos and the most profound questions of life. Llixgrijb's handicap and what he did to cope with it were interesting concepts that created an array of plot twists. The disapearance of Hilary caused Dr.Glasco to take a second look of his world view.In my opinion, this book is one of the best books I've ever read.

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