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The Jamais Vu Papers Paperback – February 6, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (February 6, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517575132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517575130
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,333,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this fresh, experimental novel, a psychotherapist, Hector Glasco, attempts to cure Hilary, a jaded movie queen, of her "perpetual sense of deja vu." Following the advice of a colleague who believes "direct encounter with a common metaphor" can create "a state of jamais vu," Glasco slips Hilary a drug, "the chemical equivalent of a metaphor." With a new outlook on life, Hilary vanishes from Glasco's office. The terrified doctor searches in poetry books for metaphoric clues to Hilary's disappearance and is catapulted into an extra-dimensional world where anything one fantasizes about becomes real--travels in time and space, dreams. Cleverly plotted and seminally integrating illustrations and text, this story introduces intriguing characters such as Llixgrijb, who symbolizes a creative force in the universe, and raises challenging questions about reality and fantasy and art. Is this book "the creation of an insidious new art form?" the authors ask. "And what on earth is this new art form to be called? . . . Hoax verite, perhaps?" The authors are a husband-and-wife team whose work has appeared in the Utne Reader and The Reality Club 2.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Author

The Jamais Vu Papers was our first novel--and our most unabashedly experimental one, which alternately infuriated and delighted its readers. "Seminally integrating illustrations and text," as Publishers Weekly put it in a glowing review. It has been out of print for years, and now the supply of recirculating old copies has apparently run low. So readers will be glad to know that a new edition of The Jamais Vu Papers will be available on Amazon about October 1, 2010!
--Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lori Cunningham on May 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up on a whim at my local dollar store. The cover caught my eye and the synopsis on the back sounded interesting enough . . . I just couldn't put this book down! Every time I thought I had the story figured out, something else would happen. If you're looking for a nice relaxing read . . .this is definitely not the story for you. If you enjoy fantastical portrayals of human existence, and like plot twists, find this book A.S.A.P! Oh, and, I particularly enjoyed the entire chapter written in pig latin.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Pearson on February 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is one of my favorite books. It keeps twisting and turning into things that are unconventional and amazing. I can happily say that there is no other book like the Jamais Vu Papers. It answers life's questions with hilarious and introspective thought. A great book to sit around and talk about with others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Al T. on February 3, 2002
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Jamais Vu has the feel of an underground classic, but it's not, yet. The plot is incredibly tangential, but it works well. There are images and ideas hidden in this book that I have been unable to find in other literature. If you like Tom Robbins, Robert Anton Wilson, and/or Richard Bach (excluding One), you should find this book similarly well-written but also very refreshing. Not everybody will like this book, but if you like the authors above or you enjoy psychedelic/disassociative experiences, I highly recommend this book to you, as one wanderer to another.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Walters on March 2, 2012
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The Jamais Vu Papers is a "post-modern" novel, which basically means it does more with the novel format than most books. It breaks rules. The closest approximation that I know of is House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, although I'm sure there are others.

TJVP is a book about different states of existence. Dreaming and waking. Insanity and rationality. Alive and dead. Fiction and non-fiction. And so on, and so forth. It handles these weighty themes with what I would describe as a "flippant solemnity." Perhaps you'll know what I mean after you read the book (which you should do!) Or perhaps you won't.

If you're looking to read a book that will make you think while at the same time keep you entertained , look no further! It's the literary equivalent of dropping acid -- not that I would know!
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