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 Afternoon of a Faun, The Fall Guy, The Horned Man, and Seven Lies, several poetry and short story collections, and a memoir. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he teaches creative writing at The New School and lives in upstate New York.
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.