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  • Published: 7 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141971278
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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American Smoke



In American Smoke, Iain Sinclair hits the road to America in the tracks of the Beats.

On the trail of the American Beats, Iain Sinclair makes a delirious and perhaps ill-fated expedition in the footsteps of Malcolm Lowry, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Charles Olson and Gary Snyder. It is a journey in search of literary ghosts behind mirages of volcanoes and the Old West. In which rumours vie with false memories and unreliable reports to steer our guide from one strange adventure into another. It is an odyssey in which the beginning offers no clues as to where it may end.

'A transatlantic odyssey . . . grippingly haunted' Observer

'A challenging, maddening, fascinating journey . . . enjoy Sinclair's poetic language and subtly warped sense of humour. Rich and engrossing' Metro

'Sit back and feel the invigorating pulse of beautifully crafted prose . . . wonderful' Daily Telegraph

'Iain Sinclair has gone from cult author to national treasure' Robert Macfarlane

Iain Sinclair is the author of Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award); Landor's Tower; White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings; Lights Out for the Territory; Lud Heat; Rodinsky's Room (with Rachel Lichtenstein); Radon Daughters;London Orbital,Dining on Stones, Hackney, that Rose-Red Empire and Ghost Milk.
%%%In American Smoke, Iain Sinclair hits the road to America in the tracks of the Beats.

On the trail of the American Beats, Iain Sinclair makes a delirious and perhaps ill-fated expedition in the footsteps of Malcolm Lowry, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Charles Olson and Gary Snyder. It is a journey in search of literary ghosts behind mirages of volcanoes and the Old West. In which rumours vie with false memories and unreliable reports to steer our guide from one strange adventure into another. It is an odyssey in which the beginning offers no clues as to where it may end.
'A transatlantic odyssey . . . grippingly haunted' Observer
'A challenging, maddening, fascinating journey . . . enjoy Sinclair's poetic language and subtly warped sense of humour. Rich and engrossing' Metro
'Sit back and feel the invigorating pulse of beautifully crafted prose . . . wonderful' Daily Telegraph
'Iain Sinclair has gone from cult author to national treasure' Robert Macfarlane
Iain Sinclair is the author of Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award); Landor's Tower; White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings; Lights Out for the Territory; Lud Heat; Rodinsky's Room (with Rachel Lichtenstein); Radon Daughters;London Orbital,Dining on Stones, Hackney, that Rose-Red Empire and Ghost Milk.

  • Published: 7 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141971278
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
Categories:

About the author

Iain Sinclair

Date: 2013-08-06
Iain Sinclair has been a rare book dealer, parks gardener, and all-purposes labourer across East London. In the 1970s he ran Albion Village Press, publishing Brian Catling and Chris Torrance, as well as several volumes of his own poetry. More recently he has written a number of television films, including The Cardinal and the Corpse, made with Christopher Petit for Channel 4. His essays have appeared in the London Review of Books, Sight and Sound and Modern Painters.

Downriver won the 1992 Encore Award for the year's best second novel and also the James Tait Black Memorial Award.

Iain Sinclair is the author of Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award); Landor's Tower; White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings; Lights Out for the Territory; Lud Heat; Rodinsky's Room (with Rachel Lichtenstein); Radon Daughters; London Orbital and Dining on Stones. He is also the editor of the anthology London: City of Disappearances. He lives in Hackney, East London.

Visit Iain Sinclair's website here.

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