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Head in Flames

by Lance Olsen

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absolutely brilliant, one of the best books i've read in a long, long time, a book totally in touch with its times, its form is perfect. i could go on and on and on... ( )
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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.

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