The Narcissist

The Narcissist

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by David Antonelli
     
 

A man returns from Algeria in search of his lover Jillian only to have her vanish mysteriously on and island of the coast of France just days later. A disfigured corpse washes up on shore and the police identify it as Jillian. Refusing to admit that she is dead, he believes that the secret of her disappearance lies in the works of the French surrealist poet Antonin

Overview

A man returns from Algeria in search of his lover Jillian only to have her vanish mysteriously on and island of the coast of France just days later. A disfigured corpse washes up on shore and the police identify it as Jillian. Refusing to admit that she is dead, he believes that the secret of her disappearance lies in the works of the French surrealist poet Antonin Artaud, the subject of her uncompleted PhD thesis. After an unsettling peyote experience meant to bring him in touch with Artaud's mental processes while under the influence of this drug, he moves to Paris. Here, he immerses himself in the writings of Artaud in search of clues, which only seem to lead his quest further and further into absurdity. His life spirals into confusion as each ensuing and inexplicable event (including an exploding dolls leg sent to his address by a mysterious Jacob Sodergren) seems to only deepen his uncertainty. Just after he resolves to give up and move on the novel takes a surprising turn and the bizarre truth behind her disappearance is finally revealed.

The Narcissist immediately reminds us of Paul Auster's New York Trilogy in its juxtaposition of surrealism with mystery as a pretext for philosophical investigation, but in this case it also uses this framework as a means of exploring the psychology behind obsessive relationships and sensual excess. It is a stylish Film Noir classic dreamed up by Rimbaud and written by Celine, a work of literary fiction that defies categorization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011164156
Publisher:
David Antonelli
Publication date:
12/29/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
582,002
File size:
271 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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The Narcissist 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hypnotic and stylish!
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