by Gordon Mustain



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/02/2000

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 436
ISBN : 9781585007950

About the Book

Afterimages is an emotional roller coaster of a novel built on a well-crafted structure of philosophical ideas as pertinent to our time as they are unique. Through the eyes, feelings, and memories of the fifty-six-year-old narrator, the reader is carried on a darting, dizzying, dazzling journey back and forth across time and space -- from a childhood in the forties in an alcoholic home, through school, Vietnam, and the heady decade of the sixties, to confrontations with biologists and bears on vision quests in the Arizona mountains, and the return of old dragons and old loves threatening a treasured and hard-won security and peace.
The novel examines love and love's relationship to violence in a variety of guises as it plays out the emotional, philosophical and behavioral transformations the narrator undergoes during his forty-year quest for the understanding necessary to find someplace to call home. And woven throughout, implicitly and explicitly, a penetrating commentary on the changes taking place at the same time in the culture. Reading it may challenge you, enlighten you, anger you, touch your heart, or confuse you. It is unlikely to leave you unchanged.

About the Author

Gordon Mustain is a 57-year-old writer, philosopher, and jewelry artisan living in Tucson, Arizona. A Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, he is the co-author (with fellow Tucsonan Stoney Livingston) of the novel Apache Tears, published in 1996. He has written for several daily and weekly newspapers and his short fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The Awareness Journal; Man, Alive! ; Alchemy; Scene; Talking From the Heart; and The Los Angeles Free Press.

'I've been writing on Afterimages for more than thirty years, now,' he says. 'Every time I thought it was done, the scope expanded. Somewhere in one of the early drafts I found a character saying something which I've tried to live up to in my writing ever since: 'Before you presume to ask someone to spend part of their time, man, part of their holy life which they can never get back, reading something you've written, you better make damn sure what you're giving them to read is worth that kind of investment. If it's not, then you're stealing their life in bits, you dig? Now, when you're sure you've got something as real and important as life itself for me to read, then ask me again.''