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Steve Erickson


The novel that inspired the film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen: “One of a kind . . . a funny, unnervingly surreal page turner” (Newsweek).
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post Book World, Newsweek, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review
Zeroville centers on the story of Vikar, a young architecture student so enthralled with the movies that his friends call him “cinéautistic.” With an intensely religious childhood behind him, and tattoos of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift on his head, he arrives in Hollywood—where he’s mistaken for a member of the Manson family and eventually scores a job as a film editor. Vikar discovers the frames of a secret film within the reels of every movie ever made, and sets about splicing them together—a task that takes on frightening theological dimensions. Electrifying and “darkly funny,” Zeroville dives into the renegade American cinema of the 1970s and ’80s and emerges into an era for which we have no name (Publishers Weekly).
“Funny, disturbing, daring . . . dreamlike and sometimes nightmarish.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Magnificent.” —The Believer
“[A] writer who has been compared to Vladimir Nabokov, Don DeLillo, and Thomas Pynchon.” —Bookmarks Magazine
“Erickson is as unique and vital and pure a voice as American fiction has produced.” —Jonathan Lethem
306 printed pages
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  • Elinahas quoted5 years ago
    “God hasn’t commanded you to kill me?” she said.

    “You’ve had a bad dream,” said her father. “No true loving God would command such a thing of a father, and no true loving father would heed such a god.”
  • Elinahas quoted5 years ago
    nobody ever lies about being lonely.
  • Elinahas quoted5 years ago
    in Hollywood there are no right or wrong reasons for being famous

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