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.
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From the Author
Jamais Vu all over again ...
Even though The Jamais Vu Papers
went out of print long ago, it didn't disappear from the multi-verse. Brad Johnson discussed it in his 1998 Amherst College Commencement Speech. Author Fred Alan Wolf littered his 1995 book The Dreaming Universe with quotes from the book. "Jamais Vu has the feel of an underground classic, but it's not, yet," wrote an enthusiastic reader at Amazon.com. And on a website devoted to works influenced by Jorge Luis Borges, Greg Carden called Jamais Vu "the best postmodern novel I've read, or at least the most entertaining.... The literary equivalent of an M.C. Escher print on peyote." Discussions and comments on the book still crop up on the Internet and in other sources with alarming frequency. Lately, Internet searches for the title land on our website from around the globe, and it has been brought to our attention that even used copies are unavailable or insanely expensive. So here we are again with a brand new original reprint ... exactly the same as the first book ... plus ...