Theroux, National Book Award Nominee, returns after twenty years with a
compendious satire of the terrors of contemporary life. Nostalgic for the old
days and old manners, a way of life lost to grace, loving from afar a
mysterious beauty named Rapunzel Wisht, Eu Gene Eyestones, an erudite sex
columnist for a Boston cultural magazine, fights against the rising tide of
stupidity, focusing on would-be artist Laura Warholic in the hope that by
saving her he can validate his ethical beliefs.
Laura and the colourful but bizarre cast of characters surrounding Eugene —
brilliant bigots, nihilists, Generation-X slackers and zanies of all sexual
persuasions — threaten to pull him under, leading to the novel's unforgettable
conclusion, a climax of betrayal and redemption of Dostoevskyan power.
Fantagraphics, hardback, 600 pages, published September 2007
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 17 April, 2007.