Item description for The Age of Sinatra (Soft Skull ShortLit) by David Ohle...
Overview A sequel to the novel Motorman finds Moldenke still down and out, and now the victim of a memory erasure that leaves him with only his name and a few facts about his former life as he wanders through a manufactured alternate reality. Original.
Publishers Description After the most recent Forgetting, Ohle's luckless protagonist Moldenke is in possession of only his name and the bare facts of his former life. He finds himself cruising on the Titanic through a bizarre alternate reality where elective deformation is a fashion trend, neuts and human settlers do their best to live together in relative harmony, and the only available sustenance is stomach churning. Everyone agrees the Stinkers are troublesome and something must be done. President Ratt not only fails to control the Stinker problem, but he also has a penchant for decreeing absurd laws and issuing random vouchers of innocence. Violators with valid vouchers defer their punishments to guiltless bystanders - regulations that land Moldenke and his fellows in prison more than once. Rumors are circulating that another Forgetting is imminent and that the Forgettings are induced by Ratt's radio broadcasts. The prison guard Montfaucon emerges as Ratt's political rival, and Moldenke, ever the yes-man, finds himself inadvertently involved in a plot to assassinate the president. The rebels hope to return to the Age of Sinatra, "when happiness was not only considered achievable, but hailed as the ideal state of being."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 4.5" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Jul 22, 2004
Publisher Soft Skull Press
ISBN 1932360328 ISBN13 9781932360325
Availability 0 units.
More About David Ohle
David Ohle's first novel, MOTORMAN (Calamari Press), was first published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1972 under the now-legendary editorial aegis of Gordon Lish. His short fiction has appeared in Harper's, Esquire, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. A native of New Orleans, Ohle now lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and teaches at the University of Kansas. His last name rhymes with "holy."
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More For Your Money Jul 7, 2006
Forking over hard earned bucks? Don't waste effort elsewhere. You get solid value reading David Ohle.
Like nothing else Sep 28, 2004
Briefly, this book is like nothing else. Completely original, innovative, strange, funny. Disturbing sometimes, yes, but only in the best ways, i.e. if you like dark humor you'll laugh at lot, and if you don't you will at least appreciate the power of the satire. Most likely if you found your way here, you have an idea of what Ohle is about. But a detailed review can now be found online by doing a search with the words "Ohle" and "Bookforum." For anyone interested in the avant-garde, experimentalism, post-post-modernism, or whatever it's called these days, this is truly the literature of the future, replete with a profound concern for the present and past. Don't miss the boat, chief.