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The author of the book: Brion Gysin
Date of issue: November 29th 2005
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This was one amazing but complicated novel.
I don't know quite where to start and I don't know quite what to think about this highly original and quirky tale.
I suspect that this book is part-autobiographical, trailing Gysin's restless and meandering treks throughout the Sahara with his special pouch filled with keef.
The main character Hassan, or a man who is actually not called Hassan, but Ulys O. Hanson, is a black 'Christian' man in a Muslim country and is often treated as such. It follows not only his wayward journey but the serpentine criss-crossing travels of companions or other semi-protagonists of this highly original and creative novel.
Essentially there is a plot to instal him as ruler of Africa or of the Sahara as 'the Ghoul' of the Desert but as usual nothing goes quite according to plan and things end up awry. As I read this book in tidbits and scraps whenever I had a few precious spare moments of free time, my memory of the story too is quite fragmented but this is in keeping with Gysin's style of prose. His prose is immaculate, beautiful and quite elegant. While he appears to lack some of the rigid discipline of a traditional novelist who would follow a more linear plot, he more than makes up for this deficit through by creating these sub-plots or short stories and slowly weaving them together, criss-crossing them with even greater skill and dexterity and speed and mayhem until you are reading this beautiful 'fabric' which we could describe as a novel. It's hard to explain. You just have to experience it.
There are some references to the Man of the Mountain, Hassan-i Sabbah, as well as a few moments where you can feel the evident presence / hand and/or influence of William S. Burroughs too.
However the style is Gysin's own original style of writing I believe, as far as I can see. It is different from Burroughs and in terms of quality of prose, overall narrative and just good ol entertainment, he is at least on par with Burroughs, and possibly even tops him. That's how good this book is.
As Burroughs says on the front cover to my paperback copy, "this is a book you will want to re-read".
Easily THE most underrated prose writer from the Beat Generation period and one of the must underrated artists of the 2nd half of the 20th Century - and I'll stand on Picasso's atelier table with my boots on and say that.
Highly, highly recommended.
A truly tremendous book. A leviathan of a novel.
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Read information about the authorJohn Clifford Brian Gysin, raised in Canada and England, was a peripheral figure in the Beat movement of the mid-20th century.
After serving is the U.S. Army during WWII, he received one of the first Fulbright Fellowships in 1949. A decade later he became closely associated with Beat writer William S. Burroughs. Their popularization of the Dadaist "cut-up technique" are the primary source of Gysin's literary fame.
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