273 pages. 1st printing / edition. Hardback. Jacket illustration by Bob Hickson. Fine in bright dustjacket with 2-inch closed tear top front spine fold. ISBN: 0385246374 Shiner's second book, set among the Mayan ruins, 'where, it is said, the bite of a sacred mushroom can send a man hurtling back in time, three people will plumb the very core of their lives.' Blends mysticism and high adventure. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: "With surpassing skill, Shiner creates a milieu of corruption, decay, and ultimate redemption--populated with a cast worthy of Robert Stone. This savagely written novel is a total original." --James Ellroy, author of LA Confidential Years ago, Eddie Yates disappeared into the rainforests of the Yucatan, a burned-out visionary in search of cosmic truth. A mysterious photo sends Lindsey, his ex-wife, on a quest to bring him back and puts her on a collision course with Eddie's brother Thomas, whose desire for her has never faded. Their search leads them to the ruined Mayan temples of NaChan, deep in the jungle, where mushrooms grow that can send you back through time--or kill you. NaChan is sacred to the Landon Indians, and their enigmatic shaman Chan Ma'ax. But the ruins have also become a nexus for the political forces that are tearing Mexico apart. Lindsey, Thomas, and Eddie are soon caught between Carla's rebel army and the secret US paramilitary group known as the Fighting 666th as they face off in the first battle of the end of the world.
From Publishers Weekly:
Shiner begins this novel realistically in a contemporary Mexico where Rolling Stone reporter John Carmichael has been drawn in his search for news, and anthropologist Thomas Yates has come to search for his missing brother, rock musician Eddie. Eventually, they meet among the ancient Mayan ruins where Eddie has gone on a pilgrimage with the Mayan descendants among whom he now lives. There, while trapped between Cuban backed insurgents and a clandestine American force, Eddie pursues his experiments with mushrooms. He claims that instead of psychedelic visions, they actually transport him back in time to his own past and to the great days of Mayan culture. Although well written and occasionally thoughtful, the narrative, whose opening reminds one of warmed-over Robert Stone, moves to fulfill the cliched apocalyptic aspirations of the title.
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Titel: DESERTED CITIES OF THE HEART.
Verlag: Doubleday, 1988.
Buchbeschreibung London (GB), Abacus Books (Sphere), 1988. 8°, , Softcover/Paperback. Buchzustand: Gut. 306 pp, age and paper related tanned pages, antiquarisch gut erhaltenes Exemplar, good copy, A13541 ISBN 9780349100012 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 242. Artikel-Nr. 995766