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Scream Queens of the Dead Sea: Sex! Heavy Metal! Linguistics!

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When a young graduate of the Israeli army decides to moonlight as an assistant nurse at a mental hospital in Jerusalem, the job seems like a nice break from everyday life in the Promised Land. What could be easier than exercising power over a small group of heavily medicated zombies? But as the human inventory inside the insane asylum begins to mirror the psychotic norms of the outside world, the inexperienced ex-soldier finds himself trapped in a hilarious yet terrifying freak show, surrounded by a motley crew of mad patients gone madder: a religious poet who writes obsessive love sonnets to a Hollywood porn queen, an exhausted narcoleptic who refuses to go to sleep without proper pay, a living dead girl who claims she was raped by the Dharma Bums, a charming racist who wears only purple, an Arab who thinks that Robinson Crusoe was a Jew, and a criminally insane murderer who doesn't believe in anything, not even in nihilism.

Scream Queens of the Dead Sea is a fast and furious first novel saturated with ruminations on sexual aberration, heavy metal, structural linguistics, horror movies, and satanic poetry — the good things in life.

Review:

"What is sanity? In a smart, animated debut novel set in a Jerusalem mental hospital, Israeli writer Elbom searches for an answer (via a first-person narrator and literary proxy also named Gil Elbom) and burrows through sensitive subjects (sex, politics, religion, mental illness) with frank honesty and dark humor. Working as an assistant nurse on a psychiatric ward, the author-as-narrator transcribes his life into his book, serving up diverse characters that include his sardonic girlfriend who is awaiting her sick husband's death ('Sorry I couldn't make it last night. He's still alive') and an impersonal doctor who says that the 'best thing to do when dealing with the mentally ill is to keep a distance.' As far as patients go, there's an intelligent murderer who claims that atheism is a psychiatric illness called 'Faith Deficit Disorder'; a man obsessed with writing purple love poems to a porn star; and a woman who's convinced she's dead. Elbom's lively, present-tense narrative pulls the reader into the story; at the same time, Elbom steps outside to include a considerable amount of detailed self-criticism, such as when he interrupts his tale to comment on the ineffectiveness of his use of asterisks between sections. The result is a multifaceted, hilarious and excruciatingly honest novel." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Elbom effectively captures the Jewish Israeli version of Generation X. His style is a little too self-indulgent and his plot a bit too meandering, but Elbom's acerbic wit offers more than enough compensation." Booklist

Review:

"Another first-novelist attempts self-referential metafiction....A potentially clever debut falls apart under the weight of the writer's fascination with his own cleverness." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Sometimes pointlessly cacophonous, occasionally piercingly insightful....Scream Queens stalls in a mish-mash of pointless linguistic analysis, brutal and macabre sexual imagery, and...numerous discussions of the Scandinavian death-metal scene." Minneapolis Star Tribune

Review:

"There are no easy answers and no roadmaps on offer in Scream Queens of the Dead Sea, just a lot of painful, hilarious groping in the dark. Gilad Elbom is a real talent and this is a tough, funny novel." Sam Lipsyte, author of Venus Drive and The Subject Steve

Review:

"Razor-sharp, tongue-in-cheek, an ironic Mack truck of a book, Scream Queens of the Dead Sea is populated by wacky-yet-believable characters, punctuated with crackling-yet-poignant dialogue, and propelled by a narrative drive that takes few prisoners and knows how to pack a punch." Imad Rahman, author of I Dream of Microwaves

Review:

"With a wink and a roll of the eyes, Gilad Elbom provides a wry, illuminating glimpse into the lives of real Jews and Arabs, both ordinary and eccentric, who are more likely to be interested in Playboy magazine than an Uzi magazine. Scream Queens of the Dead Sea goes where the news cameras don't to capture the contemporary Middle East in all its glorious insanity." Mary Woronov, author of Snake, Niagara, and Swimming Underground: My Years in the Warhol Factory

About the Author

Gilad Elbom was born in Israel in 1968. After studying English and Arabic at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he worked as an assistant nurse in a mental hospital, then moved to Los Angeles to attend the graduate writing program at Otis College of Art and Design. He lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781560257349
Publisher:
Thunder's Mouth Press
Subject:
Literary
Author:
Elbom, Gilad
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
295
Dimensions:
7.98x5.24x.81 in. .73 lbs.

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Product details 295 pages Thunder's Mouth Press - English 9781560257349 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What is sanity? In a smart, animated debut novel set in a Jerusalem mental hospital, Israeli writer Elbom searches for an answer (via a first-person narrator and literary proxy also named Gil Elbom) and burrows through sensitive subjects (sex, politics, religion, mental illness) with frank honesty and dark humor. Working as an assistant nurse on a psychiatric ward, the author-as-narrator transcribes his life into his book, serving up diverse characters that include his sardonic girlfriend who is awaiting her sick husband's death ('Sorry I couldn't make it last night. He's still alive') and an impersonal doctor who says that the 'best thing to do when dealing with the mentally ill is to keep a distance.' As far as patients go, there's an intelligent murderer who claims that atheism is a psychiatric illness called 'Faith Deficit Disorder'; a man obsessed with writing purple love poems to a porn star; and a woman who's convinced she's dead. Elbom's lively, present-tense narrative pulls the reader into the story; at the same time, Elbom steps outside to include a considerable amount of detailed self-criticism, such as when he interrupts his tale to comment on the ineffectiveness of his use of asterisks between sections. The result is a multifaceted, hilarious and excruciatingly honest novel." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Elbom effectively captures the Jewish Israeli version of Generation X. His style is a little too self-indulgent and his plot a bit too meandering, but Elbom's acerbic wit offers more than enough compensation."
"Review" by , "Another first-novelist attempts self-referential metafiction....A potentially clever debut falls apart under the weight of the writer's fascination with his own cleverness."
"Review" by , "Sometimes pointlessly cacophonous, occasionally piercingly insightful....Scream Queens stalls in a mish-mash of pointless linguistic analysis, brutal and macabre sexual imagery, and...numerous discussions of the Scandinavian death-metal scene."
"Review" by , "There are no easy answers and no roadmaps on offer in Scream Queens of the Dead Sea, just a lot of painful, hilarious groping in the dark. Gilad Elbom is a real talent and this is a tough, funny novel."
"Review" by , "Razor-sharp, tongue-in-cheek, an ironic Mack truck of a book, Scream Queens of the Dead Sea is populated by wacky-yet-believable characters, punctuated with crackling-yet-poignant dialogue, and propelled by a narrative drive that takes few prisoners and knows how to pack a punch."
"Review" by , "With a wink and a roll of the eyes, Gilad Elbom provides a wry, illuminating glimpse into the lives of real Jews and Arabs, both ordinary and eccentric, who are more likely to be interested in Playboy magazine than an Uzi magazine. Scream Queens of the Dead Sea goes where the news cameras don't to capture the contemporary Middle East in all its glorious insanity."
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