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The Jamais Vu Papers Paperback – February 6, 1991
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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
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
Not to be missed, The Jamais Vu Papers pre-dates the effusiveness of Contact's Arroway exclaiming about the beauty of her wormhole trip. It pre-dates March 18, 2011's
Limitless in which a pill grants cohesiveness. Join Hector Glasco on a quest for Hilary and the meaning of life--which is explained. You want to know, don't you?
I'm buying the new version of The Jamais Vu Papers for people I like and for people who annoy me. It will make the former laugh and thoroughly confound the latter.