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The Last Illusion

Khakpour, Porochista

Verlag: Bloomsbury Circus, London, 2014
ISBN 10: 1408858576 / ISBN 13: 9781408858578
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Titel: The Last Illusion

Verlag: Bloomsbury Circus, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 2014

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good

Art des Buches: Used


Hardcover in good condition. First edition. Jacket is lightly scored and edge worn. Jacket and hardcover spine ends are bumped. Front board and page block are lightly marked. Light creases and bumps on some pages. Pages are clean and text is clear throughout. Binding is sound. HCW. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 444914

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In a rural Iranian village, Zal's demented mother, horrified by the pallor of his skin and hair, becomes convinced she has given birth to a 'White Demon'. She hides him in a birdcage and there he lives for the next decade. Unfamiliar with human society, Zal eats birdseed and insects, squats atop the newspaper he sleeps upon, and communicates only in the squawks and shrieks of the other pet birds around him.

Freed from his cage and adopted by a behavioural analyst, Zal awakens in New York to the possibility of a future. An emotionally stunted adolescent, he strives to become human as he stumbles toward adulthood, but his persistent dreams in 'bird' and his secret penchant for candied insects make real conformity impossible.

As New York survives one potential disaster, Y2K, and begins hurtling toward another, 9/11, Zal finds himself in a cast of fellow outsiders. A friendship with a famous illusionist who claims - to the Bird Boy's delight - that he can fly, and a romantic relationship with a disturbed artist who believes she is clairvoyant, send Zal's life spiralling into chaos. Like the rest of New York, he is on a collision course with devastation.

Rezension: Utterly original and compelling, Porochista Khakpour's The Last Illusion weaves Iranian myth with very contemporary American neurosis to create a bittersweet poetry all its own. This ambitious, exciting literary adventure is at once grotesque, amusing, deeply sad - and wonderful, too ( Claire Messud)

Deftly, unexpectedly, blends Persian myth with modern life, and with the perils and pleasures of magic. In a gripping, sinuous, sometimes explosive voice, Porochista Khakpour tell us a story like no other, with a protagonist like no other - and there is not a reader who will not remember him always ( Amy Bloom)

Magical and hysterical, each sentence more beautiful than the next, The Last Illusion proves Khakpour a novelist-dazzler on the magnitude of an Aimee Bender or a Jonathan Lethem. The English language has a new master tickler and it is laughing out loud ( Gary Shteyngart)

Porochista Khakpour's mesmerizing The Last Illusion recasts a medieval Persian legend, placing it in the era of 9/11 ( Vanity Fair)

Reads like a finely woven, magic Persian carpet ( Vogue)

Khakpour probes questions of selfhood with gusto and poignancy, dramatising Zal's escape form the psychological cage of his past ( Independent on Sunday)

Khakpour explores her evolving, Iranian-American mythology on a much wider canvas . Holds enough lyrical richness and ingenious observation of a singular historical moment to make us eager to see where Khakpour flies next ( Times Literary Supplement)

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