Seven Lies by James Lasdun
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Seven Lies
By James Lasdun

Seven Lies

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Seven Lies by James Lasdun

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Fiction) 2007.

Book Description

Part political thriller, part meditation on the nature of desire and betrayal, "Seven Lies" tells the story of Stefan Vogel, a young man growing up in the former East Germany, whose yearnings for love, glory and freedom express themselves in a lifelong fantasy of going to America. The hopeless son of an ambitious mother and a kind but unlucky diplomat, Stefan lurches between his budding, covert interests - girls and Romantic poetry - to find himself embroiled in dissident politics, which oddly seems to offer both. In time, by a series of blackly comic and increasingly dangerous manoeuvres, he contrives to make his fantasy come true, finding himself not only in the country of his dreams, but also married to the woman he idolises. America seems everything he expected, and meanwhile his secrets are safely locked away behind the Berlin Wall. A new life of unbounded bliss seems to have been granted to him. And then that life begins to fall apart...Exquisitely written and brilliantly imagined, James Lasdun's second novel is a terrifying plummet into anxiety, as complacency yields to an edgy paranoia. Pitching the furtive, shabby world of Communist Berlin against the glassy superficiality of contemporary New York, "Seven Lies" is an examination of the architecture of deceit - how deceit builds on itself until life is little more than an accretion of falsehood; how hope turns to fear, and dreams to nightmares.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224075923
ISBN-10: 0224075926
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 143mm x 19mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 9-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James Lasdun

James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York. He has published two collections of short stories, three books of poetry and a novel, The Horned Man. His story 'The Siege' was adapted by Bernardo Bertolucci for his film Beseiged. He co-wrote the screenplay for the film Sunday (based on another of his stories) which won Best Feature and Best Screenplay awards at Sundance, 1997. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry, and currently teaches poetry and fiction workshops at Princeton.

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