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Head in Flames
by Lance Olsen
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 098150275X, Perfect Paperback)Head in Flames is an astonishing collage novel composed of chips of sensation, observation, memory, and quotation shaped into a series of narraticules told by three alternating voices, each inhabiting a different font and aesthetic / political / existential space.
The first belongs to Vincent van Gogh on the day he shot himself in Auvers-sur-Oise in July 1890. The second to Theo van Gogh (Vincent s brother s great grandson) on the day he was assassinated in Amsterdam in November 2004. The third to Mohammed Bouyeri, Theo s murderer, outraged by the filmmaker s collaboration with controversial politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali on a 10-minute experimental short critiquing Muslim subjugation and abuse of women.
The aggregate: a restless, haunting exploration of art s purpose, religion s increasingly dominant role as engine of politics and passion, the complexities of foreignness and assimilation, and the limits of tolerance.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:57:52 -0400)
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