Paris Trance

A Romance

Geoff Dyer

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Paris Trance is the story of two expatriates, Luke and Alex, who meet in Paris and become inseparable.  Each falls in love, and the two couples travel the city together in a fever of indulgence and self-discovery.  Boldly erotic and hauntingly elegaic, comic and romantic, this brilliant retelling of the classic Lost Generation novels confirmed Geoff Dyer as one of our most daring and versatile writers.

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When Luke came to Paris with the intention of writing a book based on his experiences of living – as he grandly and naively conceived it – ‘in exile’, he was twenty-six years old (‘a fine age for a man,’ according to Scott Fitzgerald). As far as I know, he made absolutely no progress with this book, abandoning it – except in moments of sudden, drunken enthusiasm – in the instant that he began leading the life intended to serve as its research, its first draft. By the time we met, at the Garnier Warehouse, this book had assumed the status of a passport

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"Entrancing . . . I can't think of a recent novel that better describes the scarily charged beginning of a love affair."--The New York Times Book Review
 
"A beautifully composed rave-generation rhapsody . . . In prose dripping with eroticism and aching with melancholy, Dyer masterfully dissects the vicissitudes of twenty-something love."--The Sunday Times (London)
 
"Witty and sexy and experimental."--Lucinda Ballantyne, The Boston Globe
 
"Absorbing and darkly romantic . . . However it's labeled--as a novel thick with essay point, and old-fashioned story in postmodern dress, or a fiction that contains its own dissertation--Paris Trance is a haunting work."--Tom Nolan, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
 
"Tender is the Night for the Ecstasy Age."--Tim Pears, author of In the Place of Fallen Leaves

"A beautiful, remarkable book about sad, unremarkable lives."--Ian Sansom, The Guardian (UK)

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Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer's last book was Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence. He lives in England.

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Paris Trance
A Romance
Geoff Dyer

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
March 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312429447
ISBN10: 0312429444
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$16.00
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