Synopses & Reviews
Arc d'X is a reckless, visionary elegy for the second millennium and the literary bridge to the third. At its intersection of desire and conscience stands a fourteen-year-old slave girl surrounded by the men who have touched her: Thomas Jefferson, her lover and the inventor of America; Etcher, perched at the mouth of a volcano on the outskirts of a strange theocratic city, who is literally rewriting history; and a washed-up, middle-aged novelist named Erickson, waiting for the end of time in 1999 Berlin while a guerrilla army rebuilds the Wall in the dead of might. Where the center of the soul meets the blunt future of the street, Arc d'X is the novel that has been looming at the end of the American imagination.
"Erickson's dystopia is rather too familiarly rendered; and too often his prose simply disorients the reader when he means to explore the nature of disorientation. But he has written an undeniably prodigious work its disjunct sentences opening up new worlds of expectation, its grave and agonized obsessions standing out in stark contrast to the lucid principles Jefferson set down in the Declaration of Independence." Publishers Weekly
"Erickson skillfully shows that for those in such pursuit, the impulses of freedom and love are frequently in conflict and ever so occasionally harmonious." Library Journal
About the Author
Los Angeles writer Steve Erickson was born in Santa Monica in 1950, and has published seven novels and two books of non-fiction. Currently a teacher in the CalArts MFA writing program, a film critic for Los Angeles magazine and the editor of Black Clock, he received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 2007.