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Sonny's Guerrillas: A Novella Paperback – June 24, 2011

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"Richly told and explored characters, intimate rendezvous and lively dialogue.....Told from an endearing personal account that is both salacious and poignant." - Sonny Bolisha,

About the Author

MATTHEW ASPREY is a writer from Sydney, Australia. His non–fiction has appeared at and in academic journals, his short stories in Island, Extempore, and Total Cardboard. Red Hills of Africa (2009), a comic novella, is available in paperback and e–book. His Sydney–set historical novel Murphy and the Baker, a work–in–progress, has been excerpted in the anthology Nth Degree (2010).


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463533837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463533830
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,258,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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`Some have called it a Hellenic For Whom the Bell Tolls...self-conscious. A bit PoMo. But epic,' or so describes the guerrilla film being made in Matthew Asprey's novella Sonny's Guerrilla's (2011), set in Greece during the 2008 riots.

Having read this work online when it came out last year, finally getting the book shouldn't have made much difference to my reading experience of the story. However, when the glossy blue and white paperback written by the Sydney writer and academic pulled in at the mailbox, inevitably though surprisingly the reception differed from my first encounter, heightening the poignancy of the underground/backpacker tale.

While Sonny, an underground director, calls the film a Hellenic For Whom the Bell Tolls, filmed with a skeletal cast and crew for peanuts, Asprey's writing echo's Hemingway's own with the quick, stripped down prose, with each sentence jumping to the next:

`Sonny was trying to tie everything together- politics, race, history, sex. A grand synthesis. He needed four minutes of music. I liked the guy, so I put aside my dissertation and wrote the score one weekend. I scored for 4 flutes, oboe, 2 bassoons, a bass clarinet, vibes and a harp'.

The narrator, a semi-autobiographical caricature of the author, is hired by Sonny to compose the soundtrack for an ultra-low budget guerrilla film being shot on location on the island of Katastari in Greece. When the riots break out, the shoot goes to hell, and the narrator navigates his way through while trying to make money and love.
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