In Kino, his spectacular debut novel, Jurgen Fauth offers a thrillingly intelligent examination of the artist’s potential to reshape reality. ..it’s Fauth’s fondness for play that makes the novel such a joy to read. Part Da Vinci Code and part The Crying of Lot 49, Kino marks the debut of a captivating literary voice who is equally adept at thrilling, enchanting, and even challenging his readers.
Read Marc Schuster’s review at Small Press Reviews.
Beyond the set pieces and the shuffling scenes that advance the plot, Fauth is interested in the role moving pictures play in our lives, and, particularly, the political power of cinema—not merely as intentional propaganda, but also as a ubiquitous frame for our experience, our dreams. The President of the United States, dressed in a “tight flight suit,” lands on an aircraft carrier that has been circling just beyond a harbor—this is Kino, well-edited spectacle, entertainment as event, the manufacture of an idea that, once seen, lingers and haunts as surely as the silhouette of Count Orlok.
Read Spencer Drew’s review at decomP magazine.