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The Yellow Sailor

Steve Weiner

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-169-4
Trim Size: 6x9
Cloth
Overlook
10/1/2001

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A stunningly atmospheric novel that is thoroughly surreal in mood, relentlessly operatic in tone; a seductively hallucinatory literary experience.

"[The Yellow Sailor] has the calamity of Voltaire, the disillusionment and venality of Brecht, Kosinski's random horror, and Grosz's population of leering businessmen and hard-bitten prostitutes...It's bold-and unforgettable." David Finkle, Trenton Times

Steve Weiner's debut novel, The Museum of Love, was met with extraordinary praise that called up comparisons to "the delirious raw immediacy of the novels of C line, Burroughs, and Genet and the cinematic disjunctions of Kronenberg and Lynch." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

Moodily operatic in tone and by turns hallucinatory and brilliantly detailed, The Yellow Sailor follows the trajectories of four sailors and the owner of a German merchant ship that sets sail from Hamburg in 1914. After the ship wrecks in shallow water, the men drift their separate ways, with each man's journey across a desolate wartime European landscape becoming an exploration of the failure of love, sex, religion, and friendship.

Elegantly grotesque and baroquely compelling, The Yellow Sailor is a chiaroscuro search for love, dimly and briefly lit by flashes of hope, until gorgeous hallucinations beckoning with a seductive nothingness overwhelm the bleak and tentative future.

"Weiner's brisk staccato prose is striking His wit can be dry, and his scenic detail is wildly hallucinatory." Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

"Its dense depiction of central European cultural politics is fascinating. Weiner's ear finds brutish music in shouted obscenities and insults; his timing is Swiss perfect [The Yellow Sailor] will linger in your mind for a long time." Stacey Levine, The Portland Mercury

Steve Weiner was born in Wisconsin, studied writing at the University of California, and went on to study film animation. His first novel, The Museum of Love, was published in eight countries to wide acclaim and shortlisted for Canada's prestigious Giller Prize. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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