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"Rikki Ducornet's Entering Fire is a surreal, comic masterpiece, bubbling over with imaginative detail and hallucinatory intensity. Highly readable, highly provocative, and highly recommended."
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This startling and brilliantly comic novel tells the stories of two men: a father and his estranged son. Lamprias de Bergerac is a gentle mystic and amateur botanist who spends his middle-aged years in an erotic utopia deep in the Amazonian jungle, collecting specimens of rare orchids and ultimately finding Cucla, the young and free-spirited native woman who has become the love of his life. Meanwhile, his demented son Septimus is raised by his mother in prewar Europe, seething with hatred of the father who abandoned him. He rises to power in Nazi-occupied France, where he goes mad in an obsessive pursuit of racial purity.

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"Entering Fire displays a cheerfully gruesome audacity and an imagination both lively and bizarre." The New York Times

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"Entering Fire is about the metaphoric and potentially evil properties of language; it is about origins and motives of myth-making. This is a novel of ideas (often strange ideas) that is sustained throughout by brilliant writing." London Sunday Times

About the Author

Rikki Ducornet has a gift for combining the horrific with the hilarious, the realistic with the fantastic. Through a wildly inventive narrative, Entering Fire scrutinizes the sources of fascist mentality in nations and, potentially, in all humans.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780872863552
Author:
Ducornet, Rikki
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 0.5 in 8 oz

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Product details 168 pages City Lights Publishers - English 9780872863552 Reviews:
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"Rikki Ducornet's Entering Fire is a surreal, comic masterpiece, bubbling over with imaginative detail and hallucinatory intensity. Highly readable, highly provocative, and highly recommended."

"Review" by , "Entering Fire displays a cheerfully gruesome audacity and an imagination both lively and bizarre."
"Review" by , "Entering Fire is about the metaphoric and potentially evil properties of language; it is about origins and motives of myth-making. This is a novel of ideas (often strange ideas) that is sustained throughout by brilliant writing."
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