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    "A fast, complex, exhilarating roadster ride through history and time.... Kino is an intoxicating Euro-brew, written with enormous skill and dedication." — Frederick Barthelme

    "Jürgen Fauth's deft mashup of genre and historical period is both a full-throttle literary thriller of ideas and a contemplative examination of film and fascism. Kino is a debut of great intellectual  force."– Teddy Wayne

    "A surprising alternative history. Kino brings the golden age of German cinema to light with loving, sometimes gritty, detail and great precision." – Neal Pollack, author of Jewball.

    "A delirious melange of conspiracy, magic, sex, history, bad behavior, and cinema, Kino is a stellar entertainment, and Jürgen Fauth is a writer of rare, sinister imagination." – Owen King, author of Reenactment

    "A light-hearted romp that leads straight into darkness and back through the shadows on the wall."– Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

    "Movie nuts arise! A happy and felicitous debut."– Terese Svoboda

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Review and Interview with Christopher Allen

Christopher Allen (Conversations with S. Teri O’Type) interviewed me for I Must Be Off! about being an expat, the speculative elements of Kino, white slavery, cyanide, and my time at Mississippi College. You can read the interview here.

Christopher also reviewed Kino for the Fictionaut blog. From the review:

Kino is, however, much more than an action-packed mystery page-turner. At its core, Kino is a complex family drama, a story of how the excesses—the sins?—of one generation poison those to come.

Read Christopher’s review.

 

Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto Launches

Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto, a collection of essays about the state of publishing edited by Hugh McGuire and Brian O’Leary, is available today from O’Reilly. I contributed an essay on Fictionaut to the section on “Projects from the Bleeding Edge.”  Other contributors include Jacob Lewis, Valla Vakili, Travis Alber, Aaron Miller, Kassia Krozser, and Brett Sandusky.

McGuire explains:

The “idea” of this book was to explore “the idea of a book.” We wanted to get away from the abstract or philosophical, and make a practical guide for the publishing world — for someone just starting a publishing enterprise today, for people in the business already, and for authors and self-publishers who want to think beyond “upload my book to Kindle.”

Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto is available in print from AmazonBarnes & Noble, and O’Reilly, as well as online for free in its entirety.  You can find my essay here.

Interview at Necessary Fiction

Amber Lee interviewed me for the online literary magazine Necessary Fiction. I talked about what I learned from teaching, my experience of launching  Der Brennende Busch, one of the first German web magazines, and the power of the movies:

Right after the Aurora shooting this summer, there was a flurry of articles online, mainly by film critics, assuring everyone that the Batman movie playing in that theater couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the killer’s motives. And I thought that was remarkable. If we knew that for sure, wouldn’t that mean that the movies were essentially powerless, that they could never have any influence on the world whatsoever?

Read the entire interview at Necessary Fiction.

Kino Featured in Wiesbaden Newspaper

Sometime last century, while I was a student, I used to contribute movie reviews to my local newspaper, the Wiesbadener Kurier. Now, they were kind enough to feature me and Kino in an article — which happened to come out on my birthday. You can read the feature online.

Hyperloaded Excerpt at Atticus Blog

Atticus Books assembled a “hyperloaded” excerpt from Kino by linking up all the historical references to material from the Tulpendiebe tumblr — for a couple of paragraphs, you can now enjoy the book as an enhanced multimedia piece.

We began shooting Pirates on the day of the Reichstag fire: I was so busy it barely registered. Politics didn’t concern me, not until a month later, when the NSDAP announced the formation of the Reichs-Film-Kammer and invited the elite of Germany’s film industry to a meeting at Hotel Kaiserhof…

Continue reading the hyperloaded excerpt at the Atticus blog.

 

KINO Reviews at decomP and Small Press Reviews

Kino received two kind new notices, from Marc Schuster at Small Press Reviews and Spencer Drew at decomP magazine. To wit:

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 49Kino 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.

Revision Round-Up at Necessary Fiction

At Necessary Fiction, Writer-in-Residence Matthew Salesses asked a number of writers for their tips on revision. I chimed in with a bit about what I learned from the Grateful Dead.

Writing happens in layers, carefully applied, cut, reshuffled, blended, extended, and deleted, until the final product appears easy and flows well. It’s tempting to say that revision is where the real work happens, but neither part of the process is worth anything without the other.

Read the revision round-up at Necessary Fiction (scroll down about a third for mine.)

Other People with Brad Listi Podcast

Brad Listi’s Other People podcast offers “in-depth, inappropriate interviews with authors.” Brad and I had an inappropriate conversation via Skype a few weeks back, and the result is now available as Episode 82.

Topics of conversation include:  Wiesbaden Germany, Mainz, Mississippi College, New Orleans, translation, Dominican Republic, spa towns, MFAs, psychotherapy, Thomas Mann, transcendental meditation, David Lynch,Catching the Big Fish, natural stress relief, focus, discipline, Maharishi, writing everyday, Berlin, health care, paying taxes, small town vs. big town, Dostoyevsky, thermal baths, the Third Reich, German history, nationalism, sociopolitical awareness, patriotism, computer programming, Fictionaut, monetizing, Fritz Lang, German cinema, Billy Wilder, Weimar Republic, Nazis, subversion, propaganda, Leni Riefenstahl, operettas, Le Corbeau, Joseph Goebbels, Titanic, immigration, dual citizenship, the role of the artist, courage, and living with uncertainty.

Listen to the podcast on iTunes or at the Other People website.

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