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How to Disappear: A Memoir for Misfits

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Winner of the 2012 PEN Ackerley Prize

Duncan Fallowell sets out to odd corners of the world in pursuit of some extraordinary and improbable characters who were in most cases momentarily famous—or infamous—and then simply disappeared. The first to disappear is the author himself—to a ghostly hotel on a Mediterranean island. His subjects, though unmet or hardly met, live for the reader with remarkable vividness, such as the German artist who bought a large island in the Hebrides and vanished immediately afterward, to the astonishment of its inhabitants. Fallowell tracks down the recluse who inspired Evelyn Waugh's creation Sebastian Flyte, the legendary love object of Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited, who wants both to forget the past and to cling to it. He even pursues the ultimate disappearance—the death of Princess Diana—and the miasma of shock, wonder, and grief that followed, writing "Mystification is absolutely essential to our feeling of being alive."

            In these highly original adventures, How to Disappear winds through the eerie abyss that can open up between someone—or something—being both real and phantom.

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Carl Djerassi crafts a shrewd collection of comedies of manners, exposing the foibles of elite tribes—business executives, chefs, scientists, professors, musicians, and other clever characters. They spar in battles of one-upmanship using class, education, gender, or prestige as their weapons, sometimes leaving damaged bystanders in their wake but sometimes finding their superiority deflated by unexpected turns of events.

About the Author

Duncan Fallowell writes novels, history, autobiography, travel, libretti, lyrics, and journalism. Most recently, he is author of the novel A History Of Facelifting and the travel book Going As Far As I Can. His essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared in a broad range of magazines and journals, including Vanity Fair, Playboy, TheParis Review, Esquire, Harper's, GQ, The Times, TheGuardian, and Prospect. He is based in London.

Table of Contents

Preface                                   
 
How I Beat Coca-Cola           
The Dacriologist                    
Castor's Dilemma                   
Sleight of Mind                      
Maskenfreiheit                       
First-Class Nun                     
Noblesse Oblige                     
The Psomophile                     
The Glyndebourne Heist                   
The Futurist               
What's Tatyana Troyanos Doing in Spartacus's Tent?                     
The Toyota Cantos

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299292409
Author:
Fallowell, Duncan
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Author:
Djerassi, Carl
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
.538
Pages:
172
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.25 in

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Carl Djerassi crafts a shrewd collection of comedies of manners, exposing the foibles of elite tribes—business executives, chefs, scientists, professors, musicians, and other clever characters. They spar in battles of one-upmanship using class, education, gender, or prestige as their weapons, sometimes leaving damaged bystanders in their wake but sometimes finding their superiority deflated by unexpected turns of events.
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