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About Terry Tarnoff
Terry Tarnoff began his career as a writer at the tender age of twelve, when he was paid a penny a word to write phony letters to the editor of a small Milwaukee newspaper. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison during the political upheaval of the 1960s, worked at the East Side Bookstore in New York's East Village during the Summer of Love, lived for several years in Berkeley, then headed for Europe,where he supported himself as a blues musician, playing harmonica in bands from London to Amsterdam to Stockholm. Soon after, he hooked up with an international brigade of travelers--a new generation of expatriates who took their cues from Henry Miller, Paul Bowles and Jack Kerouac as they pushed further down the road.
That road led to the coast of Kenya and the plains of Tanzania, to the deserts of India and the mountains of Nepal, to the war-torn villages of Laos and the islands of Indonesia. Along the way, Terry played with an African band in Mombasa, performed as a singer-guitarist in the Far East, and was a founding member of a rock band in Goa, India.
Terry's first book, "The Bone Man of Benares," recounts the first half of his eight-year journey abroad. It was published in the U.S. by St. Martin's Press, in the U.K. by Bantam Books, and in Australia by Allen& Unwin, and has been translated into Italian, Japanese, and Chinese. A one-man show adapted from "The Bone Man of Benares" was produced by the Encore Theatre Company in San Francisco, where it had a very successful six-week run. The book and play were optioned for a feature film in Hollywood.
Tarnoff's adventures and misadventures as a screenwriter became the basis for his second novel, "The Thousand Year Journey of Tobias Parker." His third novel, "The Chronicle of Stolen Dreams," explores inner space, outer space, and several spaces in between. His latest book, "Once Upon a Time in Goa," looks back upon the second half of his eight-year journey abroad. All are available from Avian Press. Visit www.terrytarnoff.com.
NOTE:An earlier version of this book was published under the title, "The Reflectionist." This edition has been revised, expanded, re-tuned and re-titled.
In this groundbreaking exploration of the brain, dreams, and neurology, the reader is thrust into the dark corners and hidden pathways of human consciousness. The Chronicle of Stolen Dreams is alternately profound, hilarious, and provocative as it poses theories of human behavior that challenge all accepted wisdom. The book is part Vonnegut, part Rushdie, part Chabon, and entirely Tarnoff as the author of "The Bone Man of Benares" and "The Thousand Year Journey of Tobias Parker" pushes into a whole new universe of ideas. The summer of 1947 will never again be seen the same way.
An energetic exploration of one drop-out's search to find answers in a world that poses only questions, Tarnoff's journey is an exploration of freedom and an effort to push the limits of human experience. With wit, irreverence and more than an ounce of pathos, The Bone Man of Benares traverses the chasm of time and through his startling adventures speaks to readers young and old about the universal need for connection.