Seven Lies: A Novel (Paperback)
“Superb. . . . Every page of this narration bears examples of Lasdun’s own poetic mastery. . . . Shockingly vivid.”—Time Out
Part political thriller, part meditation on the nature of desire and betrayal, Seven Lies tells the story of Stefan Vogel, a young East German, whose yearnings for love, glory, and freedom express themselves in a lifelong fantasy of going to America. By a series of increasingly dangerous maneuvers, he makes this fantasy come true, his past seemingly locked behind the Berlin Wall and a new life of unbounded bliss ahead of him. But then his world begins to fall apart.
About the Author
James Lasdun is the author of The Fall Guy, The Horned Man, Seven Lies, several poetry and short story collections, and a memoir. He lives in Brooklyn.
Grimly funny, painfully sad, and beautifully written.
— Marcus Eliason
Poet James Lasdun confirms his career as an important novelist. . . . Macabre but sensationally authentic.
A surprising and nuanced novel . . . that skillfully blends the political and the personal.
Pitch-perfect. . . . And what finely wrought characters. . . . [Seven Lies’s] complex plot falls into place with the irresistible inevitability of a clockwork’s gears and levers.