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Anthology of Apparitions [Paperback]

Simon Liberati , Catherine Petit , Paul Buck

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Book Description

Jan. 4 2005 New Fiction
Claude is a fallen angel left over from the hedonistic 1970s nightclubbing scene in Paris and St Tropez, destroyed by the unsolved mystery of his sister Marina's disappearance. He has been unable to move on from the heady days of his past, and spends his time day-dreaming in a café, his only company ghostly appearances from his past, people and places from his restless youth spent living life on the edge. Now in his forties, unemployed and only just getting by in the world, Claude is paralyzed by regret at having stood idly by as Marina lost her way. Busy partying and procuring escorts for the rich and famous, he betrayed both her and his wife, choosing instead to live in a vacuum of love and regret.

Anthology of Apparitions (Anthologie des apparitions) is a tough novel, which deconstructs its characters to their bare bones and reveals the nothingness that lies beneath the surface glitter of materialism and vanity.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press; 1 edition (Jan. 4 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901285588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901285581
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g

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Review

"Fascinating, well written and rewardingly different from the countless novels about people you think you recognise or, worse, think you are. Anthology of Apparitions is a valuable and at times tender examination of an unenviable, alien soul." - Simon Baker, New Statesman

About the Author

Simon Liberati (b. 1960) is a French journalist and writer. After graduating from the Sorbonne, he began his career writing for FHM, Grazia and 20Ans. In 2004, he published Anthology of Apparitions (Anthologie des apparitions), followed by Nada exist in 2007, L hyper Justine in 2009 (for which he won the 2009 Prix de Flore) and Jayne Mansfield 1967 in 2011.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest books for 5 years Sept. 22 2006
By Benjamin Cuq - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
With his first novel, Simon Liberati (former Cosmopolitan editor) signs a great postmodern book. This guy is back from hell (drugs, alcohol, sex...) and his characters show it. Perfectly written : never trash always poetic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pathology of the Pathaparitions Oct. 5 2007
By Kevin Killian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We don't go as far as our fellow reviewer Benjamin who has stated his opinion as greatest novel of five years, but on the other hand for us, and the men of our generation, ANTHOLOGY OF APPARITIONS is a kind of bible on how to behave when caught up in the meaningless revolving door we call existence in our forties.

Claude is just like us in so many ways! We've been there, in the great nighclubs of postwar Paris, New York, Berlin, London and Tokyo. We too had a little sister, Marina, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances linked to the Heidu Fleiss scandal of some years ago. Simon Liberati, you are our hero for daring to speak through the murky truths of a forgotten echo, like the plink, plink, plink sound made by throwing three francs into the bottom of s deep well somewhere on the estate of the Marquis, in France. As an American boy growing up in France I knew many boys and girls like Claude and Marina, resourceful and gaminlike waifs who sullenly sold their bodies for a rind of cheese and a Gauloise, and who played aimlessly with needles--the hypodermic kind--the kind used at the millinery ateliers on the rue St. Anne near the Palais Royal--or the needle on the phonograph machine that, when applied to any of Francoise Hardy's or the Rolling Stones' numerous LPs, provided the ye-ye soundtrack to our lives.

Not since BONJOUR TRISTESSE has a book come along that we could adopt with our hearts like Angelina Jolie adopting the needy of the world. Wherever I go now, whatever corridor of life I flaneur through, I seem to see the fleeting figure of young, 16 year old debauchee Marina disappearing with a fleeting glance into the netherworld into which she vanished from Claude--not that he, or we, cared at the time.

We think we were all too busy with our own cares, our ceaseless need for cool, a need provoked by the extreme trauma brought on by French boyhood. For us, it was an existential thing; for the young readers of Liberati. for example Donal and Mike, who made us a present of this beautifully translated (by Paul Buck and Catherine Petit) book by London's noted Pushkin Press (and adorned with a remarkable, decadent photo by Thomas Nutzl), yea, for all of these, it is in the nature of a life-changing event for them. As Liberati so proudly states, it is the "humanist reader" who needs Marina to be alive, even if being dead is, in general, better, a happier state. Which camp are we in?

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