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Red Hills of Africa [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Asprey

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Book Description

Originally published as a limited edition chapbook in 2009, 'Red Hills of Africa' is Matthew Asprey's comic novella of dangerous erotic entanglement and literary obsession.

The story begins at an academic conference in Madrid, where a young Australian vegan presents a quixotic paper on the hidden herbivorous tendencies in late Ernest Hemingway. Afterwards, with an international group of scholars and hangers-on, our vegan hero cruises Hemingway's classic Madrid haunts - El Botin, Chicotes. This long night of absinthe-fueled confession, drunken debauchery, and sexual desperation has unforeseen consequences for all the characters.

From the streets of contemporary Madrid to the souks of Marrakech and onwards into the Atlas Mountains, 'Red Hills of Africa' dramatizes the allure of literary pilgrimage as well as the dangerous pursuit of the pleasures of transgression. It also fondly explores the paradoxes of Ernest Hemingway.

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"Asprey's novella is a jeu d'esprit, at once satirising the academy in terms not dissimilar to David Lodge while simultaneously capturing some of the brio and comedy of [Anthony] Burgess's own depictions of the tourist let loose in Morocco in Enderby Outside." - Jim Clarke, International Anthony Burgess Foundation

About the Author

MATTHEW ASPREY is a writer from Sydney, Australia. His non–fiction has appeared at PopMatters.com and in academic journals, his short stories in Island, Extempore, and Total Cardboard. 'Sonny's Guerrillas' (2011), a later novella, is also available in paperback and e–book. Asprey's Sydney–set historical novel 'Murphy and the Baker', a work–in–progress, has been excerpted in the anthology Nth Degree (2010).

Product Details

  • File Size: 191 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sydney Samizdat Press (July 16, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VYC712
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,786,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

MATTHEW ASPREY is an Australian writer and academic. He is one of the founding editors of Contrappasso Magazine.

Asprey's work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Senses of Cinema, Crime Factory, PopMatters, Island, Extempore, and Over My Dead Body! His novellas Red Hills of Africa (2009), Sonny's Guerrillas (2011), Angelique in San Francisco (2012), and Lewis and Loeb (2013) are available in paperback and ebook formats, as is the story chapbook To Murder My Love Is A Crime!: Stories of Desperate Men (2011).

Through his imprint Sydney Samizdat Press, Asprey edited the anthology Jack London: San Francisco Stories and the three-volume edition of Joseph Conrad's stories and novellas The Sea, The Earth, And All Men.

In 2011 Matthew Asprey graduated with a PhD in Media Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney. He has lectured extensively on cinema and creative writing and is presently an Honorary Academic at Macquarie at work on a study of Orson Welles.

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